Polynesian canoes re-live Pacific migration





A fleet of traditionally-designed Polynesian canoes has left New Zealand for a journey through the Pacific, re-living the epic migrations of the past.

Four double-hulled canoes set off from Auckland aiming to sail 4,000km (2,485 miles) to French Polynesia. The voyage is expected to take three months.

The route retraces the great Polynesian migration journeys of 1,000 years ago - albeit in the opposite direction.

It is part of an attempt to revive traditional sailing skills.


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