About a thousand years ago the Polynesian people were the first to come to New Zealand. As they arrive they were known as the Maori’s. They travelled here from east Polynesian by their canoes witch are 15-25 meters long. They might have an outrigger, double hull, single hull or also a woven sail.
Did you know a long time ago, trained navigators had to sail across the stormy seas to get to Aotearoa? They had to search for signs of birds in direction to get to their destination. They also followed the stars in the sky as are always in the same place. Only a few people managed to get to Aotearoa.