Story: Waka – canoes

Waka taua carvings (1st of 3)

Waka taua carvings

Waka taua (war canoes) had elaborately carved tauihu (bow figureheads). This one was carved by Wiremu Kīngi Te Rangitāke, the paramount Te Āti Awa chief in the 1800s, and gifted to the Duke of Edinburgh during his New Zealand visit in 1869. Because carvings were so highly valued, carvers were often rangatira (chiefs).

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Carving by Wiremu Kīngi Te Rangitāke

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Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka – canoes - Waka taua', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2024)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006