Having settled the islands around 1500 AD, the Moriori ceased their long-distance sea travel, but instead built rafts for inter-island travel, as in the replica pictured here. This waka korari (wash-through craft) had a base of kelp and sides of bound reeds. It could partially submerge, which enhanced its stability, especially in rough seas.
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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