Tokomaru (canoe)

In Māori tradition, Tokomaru was one of the great ocean-going canoes that were used in the migrations that settled New Zealand. It was commanded by Manaia. His brother-in-law had originally owned the canoe. When Manaia's wife was raped by a group of men, he slew them, including the chief Tupenu. Killing his brother-in-law, he took the Tokomaru and set sail with his family for New Zealand. Landing at Whangaparaoa, they finally settled at Taranaki. Te Āti Awa iwi trace their ancestry back to Tokomaru.

Great Māori migration waka
Landed atWhangaparaoa
IwiTe Āti Awa
Settled atTaranaki


  • R.D. Craig, Dictionary of Polynesian Mythology (Greenwood Press: New York, 1989), 25.

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