Story: Canoe traditions

Kaputerangi pā site

Kaputerangi pā site

Canoe traditions cannot just be dismissed as myth. Place names, for example, do presumably record historical events. One good example is this site, above Whakatāne. It is known as ‘Toi’s pā’, referring to the early explorer who was said to precede the canoe arrivals.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - The meaning of canoe traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005