In this watercolour by Charles Emilius Gold, from about 1858, a waka is paddled along the Waikato River by its Māori crew. For Māori, rivers were major transport routes, and the waka, a large canoe constructed from a hollowed out log, was an ideal way to travel along them.
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National Library of Australia, Rex Nan Kivell Collection
Watercolour by Charles Emilius Gold
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