Story: Canoe traditions

Anchor stone of the Tokomaru

Anchor stone of the Tokomaru

In one Taranaki account, the Tokomaru canoe was commanded by Manaia and landed at Tongapōrutu. In a second account, Whata was the commander and the canoe landed at the Mōhakatino River. This photograph shows elders presenting the anchor stone (Te Punga a Matori) and the adze (Poutama Whiria) from the canoe to Taranaki Museum (now Puke Ariki) in 1927.

From left to right are: Nohomairangi Te Whiti of the Taranaki iwi from Parihaka, Kapinga McClutchie of Ngāti Mutunga from Waitoetoe, and Rangi Matatoru Watson of Te Āti Awa from Waitara.

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How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - Canoes of the west coast and lower North Island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005