Charles F Goldie

The Story of the Arawa Canoe

The Story of the Arawa Canoe by Charles F Goldie

Artwork Detail

This work offers an intimate account of Māori migration, which is in stark contrast to the grand drama of Goldie’s collaboration with Louis John Steele, The Arrival of the Māoris in New Zealand.

Painted on the lid of a cigar box forty years after The Arrival, it depicts an elderly woman and young child watching a model canoe. One can imagine her telling the story of Te Arawa sailing from Hawaiki and arriving on these shores. (Picturing History, 2009)

The Story of the Arawa Canoe
Charles F Goldie
Production date
circa 1938
oil on panel
345 x 430 x 50 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1994
Accession no
No known copyright restrictions
New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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