Story: Canoe traditions

Rāhiri marae, Dargaville

Rāhiri marae, Dargaville

Most of the carvers who worked on Rāhiri marae, completed in 1914, came from Ngāti Porou from the East Coast. Above each window is a canoe, one marked ‘Matatua’ in recognition of the Mataatua canoe, and the other marked ‘Matawhaorua’. These two canoes are of major importance to the local people.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - Canoes of the northern tide', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005