Story: Waka – canoes

Waka kōrari

Waka kōrari

This waka, held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, is a replica of the traditional waka kōrari of the Moriori people of the Chatham Islands. It had two keels (made of poles or small beams) and was flat-bottomed. The name refers to the dry flowering flax stalks (kōrari) forming the bottom and sides. It was also known as a waka pūhara.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: F.004324/03,04,07,08

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How to cite this page:

Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka – canoes - Moriori waka', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/6018/waka-korari (accessed 11 December 2017)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006