Large NZ glass canoes. Glass waka. We love these beautiful glass artworks. They make a great gift too. The waka represents your journey in life. Waka is the Maori word for ‘canoe’. The koru design at the top represents new beginnings…
Please note we only have the most favourite colours in stock, but can order other colours upon request.
Available in a great range of colours:
- pale cobalt
Size large NZ glass canoes:
- large: 260mm x 40mm x 45mm
10.24″x 1.57″ x 1.77″
In the past, Māori used waka (canoes) just as we use cars today. New Zealand’s waterways were like roads, running along the coast and up rivers. Waka would be paddled along them, carrying people and goods. Some Māori still build traditional waka today.
The first settlers arrived in Aotearoa (New Zealand) in large waka from Polynesia. The journey lasted up to a month, and the waka were big enough to carry many people and enough food. These ancient craft were probably double-hulled – rather like two canoes side by side. Māori tribes trace their ancestors from these important waka.
Waka in New Zealand
Waka are built from tree trunks. In Polynesia, waka were narrow and not very stable, because they were carved from narrow trees. Some canoes had outriggers at the side to keep them steady. But New Zealand had vast forests of big trees such as tōtara and kauri. Māori built wider waka that were more stable in the water, with no outriggers >>
Source: Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, ‘Waka – canoes’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 12 Jun 2006