Having settled the islands by 1500 CE, the Moriori ceased long-distance sea travel but built rafts for inter-island travel, like 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 in rough seas.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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