Story: Waka – canoes

Paddle handles (2nd of 2)

Paddle handles

This close-up of hoe (paddle) handles shows the differences in design. The hoe whakatere at the top has a long handle and carved detail. The bent handle was a feature unique to hoe carved by people from the Waikato tribe. The handle at the bottom is an example of the common, straight-handled design used by most tribes throughout the country.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
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How to cite this page:

Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka – canoes - Waka equipment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 July 2018)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006