Story: Canoe traditions

Kupe’s anchor (1st of 2)

Kupe’s anchor

Held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, this is the anchor stone of the Mātāwhaorua, which was sailed by the Polynesian explorer Kupe. It used to be thought that Kupe discovered New Zealand, in 925 AD. Research now points to the 1200s as the period of settlement by a number of different voyaging canoes.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: F. 004318/1,2

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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 26 July 2017)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005