Story: Te ohanga onamata a rohe – economic regions

Moriori waka

Moriori waka

This waka kōrari is a replica of one type of Moriori canoe. Kōrari is the stem of the flax plant, one of the materials used in the construction of the waka, together with reeds, wood and inflated bull kelp (pōhā). Moriori designed and built new types of waka, because of the lack of large trees such as tōtara and kauri which were used for waka on mainland New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Te ohanga onamata a rohe – economic regions - Rēkohu – Chatham Islands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23615/moriori-waka (accessed 7 August 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010