In this activity, students read a legend of Kupe. They compare this with modern-day voyaging without navigational instruments to work out what might have happened during the Polynesian migration.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • explain who Kupe was and where he was touted to have travelled
  • briefly describe the voyage of the Waka Tapu
  • explain how and why legends such as Kupe may be based on actual events.

Download the Word file (see link above) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • the voyaging story of Kupe.
    Published 13 November 2014