Story: Waiata tawhito - traditional Māori songs

Te Āio o Nukutaimemeha

Te Āio o Nukutaimemeha

This is the prow of the waka (canoe) Te Āio o Nukutaimemeha, which was built in 1999, and is named in commemoration of Nukutaimemeha, the waka of the demigod Māui. In Ngāti Porou tradition, when Māui fished up the North Island, the first part to come up was Hikurangi mountain, where Nukutaimemeha became stranded. The traditional waiata 'Haere rā e hika' mentions a number of canoes, including Nukutaimemeha.

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Rawinia Higgins and Arini Loader, 'Waiata tawhito - traditional Māori songs - Types of waiata', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Rawinia Higgins and Arini Loader, published 22 Oct 2014