Story: Beach culture

Taranaki cliffs

Taranaki cliffs

In this watercolour (1863–64) by John Tremenhere Johnston, two women are gathering shellfish from the rocks. In Māori communities the beach was an important source of food, providing pipi and tuatua from the sand, and kina and pāua from the rocks.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-079-024
Watercolour by John Tremenhere Johnston

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Jock Phillips, 'Beach culture - The beach and food', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006