Story: Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration



The Kurahaupō, one of the early exploring canoes, is known to many tribes. This mural shows it arriving in New Zealand, together with a taniwha (supernatural creature) which guided it. The painting is in front of the meeting house on Te Hotu Manawa o Rangitāne marae.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration - Coastal explorers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 August 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007