Story: Canoe traditions

Tākou Bay

Tākou Bay

People of the north and the Bay of Plenty each have traditions about the Mataatua canoe, but they have different stories about its travels after reaching New Zealand. Most agree, however, that the canoe eventually ended up here at Tākou Bay in the Bay of Islands.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - Canoes of the northern tide', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005