January/February 2015

World-Roundup-New-ZealandNEW ZEALAND: Following a storm, a large piece of a 600-year-old canoe emerged from a beach on South Island. Now undergoing conservation and study, the canoe suggests connections with places across the South Pacific. It is made of local black pine, but employs a sophisticated oceangoing design with ribs and a girder, and has a carving of a turtle on the hull. Both the design and carving were unknown or rare in New Zealand at the time, and represent some sort of cultural continuity with the rest of Polynesia. —Samir S. Patel