Te Rauparaha's War Canoe
Replica carving of Te Rauparaha’s canoe prow.
TAUIHU – War Canoe Prow
Carved in the local style of the late 1830’s – 1840’s as would have been seen in Te Rauparaha’s fleet.
The hull ( HIWI ) and top stakes ( RAUAWA ) are made from totara recovered from Paraparaumu Beach.
A totara pile recovered from a demolished early Wellington building was used for the prow ( TAUIHU )
Adzed and carved in the traditional manner by Len Taylor of Paraparaumu.
Te Rauparaha's war canoe
The decorated head of Te Rauparaha’s war canoe.