Story: Waka – canoes

Hurdle race (2nd of 2)

Hurdle race

Waka tīwai were also sometimes called waka peke (jumping waka) because in races they were ‘jumped’ over wooden beams, as shown here at Ngāruawāhia.

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Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka – canoes - Other types of waka', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2023)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006