Story: Canoe traditions

Kupe’s anchor (1st of 2)

Kupe’s anchor

Held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, this is said to be the anchor stone of Mātāwhaorua, which was sailed by the Polynesian explorer Kupe. It used to be thought that Kupe discovered New Zealand in about 925 CE. Research now points to the late 13th century as the period of settlement by a number of voyaging canoes.

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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/2295/kupes-anchor (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005