Story: Canoe traditions

Garden of seven stones, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Garden of seven stones, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

In the early 20th century the varied Māori accounts of founding canoes were simplified into a belief in a Great Fleet of seven canoes (the Tākitimu, Tokomaru, Kurahaupō, Aotea, Tainui, Te Arawa and Mataatua canoes). This garden in Rarotonga with its seven stones was constructed to represent the seven canoes.

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Private collection, Lois Farrow
Photograph by Lois Farrow

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - The meaning of canoe traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/2376/garden-of-seven-stones-rarotonga-cook-islands (accessed 27 June 2017)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005