Story: Waka – canoes

Sternposts (2nd of 3)

Sternposts

At the stern of the waka were taurapa (sternposts), sometimes beautifully carved like these, which are held in the Auckland Museum. The posts were often adorned with feather streamers known as puhi.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Reference: AM 144
Photograph by Josiah Martin

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How to cite this page:

Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka – canoes - Waka taua', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/6004/sternposts (accessed 24 October 2017)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006