Story: Te hī ika – Māori fishing

Feast, Bay of Islands

Feast, Bay of Islands

This watercolour by Cuthbert Clarke depicts a massive wooden construction built to hold the food at feasts (hākari) such as this one at the Bay of Islands in 1849. Often the gifting of fish took place as part of large-scale feasts.

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Watercolour by Cuthbert Charles Clarke

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Paul Meredith, 'Te hī ika – Māori fishing - Communal sharing and gifting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 12 Jun 2006