Vaka of Oceania

Vaka of Oceania (maritimemuseum.co.nz)

Vaka of Oceania

The museum’s collection of model canoes showcases the naval architecture and seafaring talent found throughout Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa the Pacific Ocean. The designs are singular. One references a canoe used for ceremonial exchange in Papua New Guinea; another a vessel that ran down sharks in Tokelau; another an outrigger which hived between and around Kiribati’s many atolls and its 3.5-million-square-kilometre archipelago. Most models were made for tourists, suitable for careful transport home in a suitcase; a larger one was built for the museum, as an exemplar of Fijian/Sāmoan/Tongan wizardry.

Thanks to the Lottery-funded Digitisation Project, these model vaka have been digitised recently and made accessible online

VISIT NZ MARITIME MUSEUM WEBSITE : Vaka of Oceania (maritimemuseum.co.nz)

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