Story: Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration

Tamatea

Tamatea

Tamatea was one of New Zealand’s greatest explorers, and has been described as the Māori Marco Polo. He circumnavigated the North and South islands and also explored inland. He was sometimes called Tamatea-pōkaiwhenua (land explorer) or Tamatea-pōkaimoana (sea explorer).

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration - The East Coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14156/tamatea (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007