Story: Kites and manu tukutuku

How to make a manu taratahi

How to make a manu taratahi

Follow these instructions to make a triangular child’s kite:

Figure 1: Lay the feathered toetoe stalks on top of the unfeathered stalk as shown. Bind the stalks together with string.
Figure 2: Lace together dry raupō leaves in groups of six. Start at the wide end of the frame and tie the string to the middle stalk, then lace the leaves as shown. Tie off after the sixth leaf. Repeat this on the side stalks. Continue lacing groups of six until finished.
Figure 3: Balance the centre of the kite on a broom and trim the leaves. Attach the bridle.

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Source: Bob Maysmor, The Māori kite: te manu tukutuku. Wellington: Steele Roberts, 2001, pp. 104–106

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Bob Maysmor, 'Kites and manu tukutuku - Types of Māori kite', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/diagram/5294/how-to-make-a-manu-taratahi (accessed 26 July 2017)

Story by Bob Maysmor, published 12 Jun 2006