Story: Collecting

Waka huia obtained by Captain Cook

Waka huia obtained by Captain Cook

During Captain James Cook's 18th-century voyages to New Zealand, he and other members of his expedition collected native flora and fauna and items made by Māori, including this waka huia (treasure box) now held by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. Made of wood, pāua shell and harakeke (flax), it would have contained treasured possessions such as hei tiki (neck pendants) or huia feathers before being given to Cook in 1776.

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How to cite this page:

Richard Wolfe, 'Collecting - Early collecting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/37311/waka-huia-obtained-by-captain-cook (accessed 13 December 2019)

Story by Richard Wolfe, published 5 Sep 2013