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Polynesian Navigation and the Discovery of New Zealand

Polynesian Navigation and the Discovery of New Zealand

"Polynesian navigation and the discovery of New Zealand offers a straightforward account of how and why Polynesian seafarers made their journey south to New Zealand shores. The first part discusses the origins of the voyages, legends of the homeland and the explorer Kupe, traditi... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781877514159
Published 1 September 2011 by Oratia Media
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Evans, Jeff

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ISBN-13 9781877514159
ISBN-10 1877514152
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; allow 2-3 weeks for delivery
Publisher Oratia Media
Imprint Libro International
Publication Date 1 September 2011
International Publication Date 1 September 2014
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Evans, Jeff
Category Australasian & Pacific History
Geographical Discovery & Exploration
AU, NZ & South Pacific Books
New Zealand & Related
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Canoes and canoeing - Polynesia, Polynesians - Migrations, New Zealand - Discovery and exploration - Maori, Maori (New Zealand people) - Origin, Navigation - Polynesia - History
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 128
Dimensions Width: 175mm
Height: 245mm
Spine: 7mm
Weight 160g
Dewey Code 910.9164
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The Polynesian navigator Kupe is credited with the discovery of the land his expedition named Aotearoa, land of the long white cloud. How did he and the many canoes that followed find their way without modern navigational techniques through perilous seas in wooden canoes? By examining myth, star charts and contemporary Polynesian seafaring, Jeff Evans traces the methods by which the early explorers made their epic voyages in Part One. The book's second part travels with Maori canoe expert Matahi Brightwell and navigator Frances Cowan aboard the traditional canoe Hawaiki-nui following traditional navigation - with no modern aids - on its historic voyage from Tahiti down to New Zealand.

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Author's Bio

Jeff Evans is a writer and photographer who works for leading clients in New Zealand and overseas. An authority on Maori canoes, Jeff is also the author of Waka Taua: The Maori War Canoe, Nga Waka o Nehera and Maori Weapons in Pre-European New Zealand, and editor of Elsdon Best's Notes on the Art of War. Jeff lives in Auckland.

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