High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Waka (English pronunciation: / w k /) are M ori watercraft, usually canoes ranging in size from small, unornamented canoes (waka t wai) used for fishing and river travel, to large decorated war canoes (waka taua) up to 40 metres (130 ft) long. IN recent years, large double-hulled canoes of considerable size have been constructed for oceanic voyaging to other parts of the Pacific Ocean.WAka taua (war canoes) are large canoes manned by up to 80 paddlers and are up to 40 metres (130 ft) in length. MAny are single-hulled vessels made from a hollowed-out tree trunk. LArge waka, which are usually elaborately carved and decorated, may consist of several jointed pieces lashed together. THe resurgence of M ori culture has seen an increase in the numbers of waka taua built, generally on behalf of a tribal group, for use on ceremonial occasions.