Story: Ngāpuhi

Replica of the Ngātokimatawhaorua canoe

Replica of the Ngātokimatawhaorua canoe

The Matawhaorua canoe brought Kupe back to Hawaiki from the Hokianga Harbour. The canoe was re-adzed and renamed Ngātokimatawhaorua before Nukutawhiti captained it on another voyage to New Zealand. For the celebrations marking the centenary of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1940, a replica canoe was built. Here we see it being launched.

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How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ngāpuhi - Canoes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 September 2020)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 3 Mar 2017