Story: Te mahi kai – food production economics

Fishing, Tōtaranui

Fishing, Tōtaranui

This picture shows Māori at Tōtaranui (Queen Charlotte Sound), around 1788. Some have been out fishing – one person is stringing fish together, and another is carrying a string of fish. Fishing activities were often large scale. Large numbers of people were required to make nets and then catch thousands of fish.

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Manuka Henare, 'Te mahi kai – food production economics - Location and scale of activities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Manuka Henare, published 24 Nov 2008