Story: Chatham Islands

Replica Moriori raft

Replica Moriori raft

Having settled the islands by 1500 CE, the Moriori ceased long-distance sea travel but built rafts for inter-island travel, like 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 in rough seas.

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Rhys Richards, 'Chatham Islands - From first settlement to 1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by Rhys Richards, updated 1 May 2015