Story: Waka – canoes

Outrigger canoes (2nd of 3)

Outrigger canoes

The canoe developed in the Pacific from the simple dugout to a vessel with outrigger floats attached, as shown here. The outrigger canoe is known in Māori as the waka ama.

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Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka – canoes - Pacific origins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006