This canopy protects a replica of the Mataatua canoe, one of the ancestral vessels that voyaged from Hawaiki. It rests on the Whakatāne waterfront close to the Wairaka marae, with its magnificent wharenui (meeting house), also called Mataatua. This is the accepted site of the canoe’s landfall, around 700 years ago.
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