Story: Chatham Islands

Replica Moriori raft

Replica Moriori raft

Having settled the islands around 1500 AD, the Moriori ceased their long-distance sea travel, but instead built rafts for inter-island travel, as in the replica pictured here. This waka korari (wash-through craft) had a base of kelp and sides of bound reeds. It could partially submerge, which enhanced its stability, especially in rough seas.

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Rhys Richards, 'Chatham Islands - From first settlement to 1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/37789/replica-moriori-raft (accessed 24 October 2019)

Story by Rhys Richards, updated 4 May 2015