Story: Tāmaki tribes

Te Tō Waka, the canoe portage

Te Tō Waka, the narrow stretch of land between the Tāmaki River and the Manukau Harbour, was used extensively by Māori as they travelled between the east and west coasts. Listen to the traditional chant used by the Tainui people while they dragged their canoes across the isthmus. Today the crossing is used for very different forms of transport, as this view looking towards the Manukau suggests.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Tāmaki tribes - The canoes of Tāmaki', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/music/3880/te-to-waka-the-canoe-portage (accessed 20 September 2019)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017