Story: Canoe traditions

Ngātokimatawhaorua canoe, 1940

Ngātokimatawhaorua canoe, 1940

Kupe’s canoe, Matawhaorua, was later re-adzed and renamed Ngātokimatawhaorua. With the Māmari, it landed at the Hokianga. The canoe shown here was named in honour of the founding canoe, and was built at the instigation of Te Puea Hērangi in 1940. It is being launched at the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - Canoes of the northern tide', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005