Head of Whaka (native canoe) - Auckland Libraries - Auckland Libraries Heritage Images Collection

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Head of Whaka (native canoe)

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Showing the tauihu (prow carving) of Te Toki a Tapiri, the last of the great Maori war canoes, built about 1836 for Te Waka Tarakau of Ngati Kahungunu, its name, the battle- axe of Tapiri, commemorates a famous ancestor of Tarakau, the canoe is in the Auckland War Memorial Museum. New Zealand

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