Story: Mātaitai – shellfish gathering

Shellfish eaten by Māori

Shellfish eaten by Māori

This table lists the common, Māori and scientific names for shellfish that were traditionally eaten by Māori. The highlighted names are those that are still collected and eaten today.

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Source: Margaret S. Morley, Seashells of New Zealand. Auckland: New Holland, 2004, and Andrew Crowe, Which seashell? Auckland: Penguin, 1999

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Mere Whaanga, 'Mātaitai – shellfish gathering - Traditional patterns of harvest', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 12 Jun 2006