Story: Waka – canoes

Waka tīwai (1st of 3)

Waka tīwai

This plain dugout canoe, waka tīwai, is a simple design based around a hollowed out log. It represents the earliest form of canoe in the Pacific, before the development of outriggers and double hulled canoes.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: F.006489/05

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How to cite this page:

Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka – canoes - Pacific origins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/5983/waka-tiwai (accessed 18 November 2017)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006