Māori waka (canoes) were used for recreational activities as well as practical purposes such as transport and fishing. Waka races were a sport enjoyed by both Māori and Pākehā from the mid-19th century, and became a feature of regattas. This 1955 film shows a waka hurdle race during a regatta at Ngāruawahia on the Waikato River.
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Reference: New Zealand Mirror 3. National Film Unit, 1950
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