Story: Canoe traditions

Greenstone adze

Greenstone adze

The Tāwhirirangi canoe landed in Bay of Plenty before heading to the South Island, where the captain, Ngāhue, is said to have discovered pounamu (greenstone, or New Zealand jade). This adze is made in the East Polynesian style.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - Canoes of Bay of Plenty', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 October 2023)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005