Story: Canoe traditions

Papaiouru marae

Papaiouru marae

The Tamatekapua meeting house at Ōhinemutu is named after the captain of the Te Arawa canoe. The carved figure on the right is his brother, Whakatūria. Also represented are the stilts he used to raid Uenuku’s breadfruit tree in Hawaiki, the incident which ultimately sparked the migration to New Zealand. There are canoe patterns in the rafters.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - Te Arawa and Tainui', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 February 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005