Story: Waka – canoes

Fishing canoe

Fishing canoe

This waka tētē (fishing canoe) was photographed at Auckland’s Mechanics Bay around the mid-1860s. At the prow there is a simple tētē or pakoko (stylised face with protruding tongue).

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Photograph by John Kinder, C. 1865

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How to cite this page:

Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka – canoes - Waka tētē', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006