Small pegs were put into the holes, which swelled and sealed when wet. Tree gum could also seal the holes. A large finished waka weighed about three tonnes and could remain in use for many decades. All large waka had names and were objects of pride and admiration. The image above shows a waka taua with unusually high freeboard. A noticeable feature of a loaded waka taua was its very low freeboard .
Waka jumping legislation The implementation of the mixed-member proportional (MMP) electoral system following a referendum in led to a series of defections and re-alignments as the former two-party system adjusted to the change.
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