Story: Waka – canoes

Haumi kokomo (3rd of 3)

Haumi kokomo

While many hulls were fashioned from a single tree, some had an extra section, known as a haumi, to lengthen the canoe. The haumi tūporo was a simple join where the hull and haumi were square cut and joined together. The haumi kokomo, shown here, was a superior method. A tongue shape was cut into the hull, and fitted into a matching opening in the haumi.

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Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka – canoes - Waka taua', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 June 2024)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006