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journeys to aotearoa were fraught with peril

Unforgiving weather, powerful waves and long cold nights, but our tuupuna were prepared, skilled seafarers: using the stars and other tohu around them to navigate they followed the path of those gone before them.

Whakatere - journeys
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Hoturoa arrives
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Often our ancestors' journeys did not go as you might expect. Hear about the travels of the gigantic Tainui waka in these dramatizations by ARA Journeys.

"Often our ancestors' journeys did not go as you might expect. There are stories of the gigantic Tainui waka, captained by Hoturoa, being carried, by hand across the land and finally to the Manukau Harbour where they would face other challenges and dangerous work ahead..."

Te Maanukanuka o Hoturoa
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"Upon arriving in the harbour waka still had to navigate the treacherous waters of the harbour mouth, known for dangerous currents and pounding waves, before moving up and down the West coast - and, as the name 'Te Maanukanuka o Hoturoa' which refers to the concerns of the captain Hoturoa suggests - this was going to be no small task... But that's a story for another time."

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