Story: Māori–Pākehā relations

Māori and whaleboats

Māori and whaleboats

Light, double-bowed whaleboats were much faster than Māori canoes. Some Māori who used these boats in the whaling industry later preferred them to canoes. These three whaleboats are at the start of a race. They are crewed by Māori – six men on the oars and one on the sweep, or long steering oar.

Using this item

Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: 4-996

Permission of Auckland City Libraries Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Mark Derby, 'Māori–Pākehā relations - Whaling stations – first contact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011