When no other source of power was available, human muscle power (and a little ingenuity) was used to move waka. Stout ropes plaited in five strands, as wide as a man’s wrist, and skids made from limber green timber both helped.
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Reference: Elsdon Best, The Maori canoe. Wellington: Dominion Museum, 1925, p. 103-104
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