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Waka (Maori Canoe) at the Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand

September 3rd, 2017

Waka (Maori Canoe) at the Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand

Waka (Maori Canoe) at the Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand

Waka (/ˈwɒkə/; Māori: [ˈwaka]) are Māori watercraft, usually canoes ranging in size from small, unornamented canoes (waka tīwai) used for fishing and river travel, to large decorated war canoes (waka taua) up to 40 metres (130 ft) long.

The earliest archaeological find of a canoe in New Zealand was reported in 2014. It was found near the Anaweka estuary in a remote part of Tasman and carbon dated to about 1400. The canoe was constructed in New Zealand, but was a sophisticated canoe, compatible with the style of other Polynesian voyaging canoes at that time.[1]

Since the 1970s about eight large double-hulled canoes of about 20 metres have been constructed for oceanic voyaging to other parts of the Pacific but they are made of a blend of modern and traditional materials incorporating features from both ancient Melanesia as well as Polynesia.[2] — Wikipedia

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