Story: Canoe traditions

Te Tumu Herenga Waka marae, Victoria University of Wellington

Te Tumu Herenga Waka marae, Victoria University of Wellington

Most Māori tribes have oral traditions about waka (canoes) and their voyage to New Zealand from Hawaiki, in East Polynesia. In order to represent all Māori, the marae at Victoria University of Wellington is called Te Tumu Herenga Waka, meaning ‘the hitching or mooring post of the canoe’.

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How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - The meaning of canoe traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/2294/te-tumu-herenga-waka-marae-victoria-university-of-wellington (accessed 22 November 2019)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005