Polynesian Navigation and the discovery of New Zealand
Polynesian Navigation and the discovery of New Zealand – by Jeff Evans, Foreword by Francis Cowan
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 Francis Cowan aboard the traditional canoe Hawaiki-nui following traditional navigation – with no modern aids – on its historic voyage from Tahiti down to New Zealand.
Richly illustrated with photos, maps and drawings, this is an essential guide to one of the world’s great stories of discovery.
About the Author:
Jeff Evans is the author of several books on Maori canoes, navigation and weaponry. A writer and photographer, he lives with his family in Auckland.