Story: Te hopu tuna – eeling

Para lagoon

Para lagoon

This painting by James Crawford shows Para lagoon (Burnham Water), on the Miramar Peninsula in Wellington in the 1840s. Māori stored eels in the lagoon, which was not connected to the sea. It was later drained to provide land for farming.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-229-003
Watercolour by James Coutts Crawford

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Basil Keane, 'Te hopu tuna – eeling - Cooking, preserving and storing eels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007