Story: Leisure in traditional Māori society – ngā mahi a te rēhia

Moa-bone necklace

Moa-bone necklace

This moa-bone necklace is from Murihiku, the southern part of the South Island. Though fashioned from moa bones, it appears to imitate the look of whales' teeth. The makers of the necklace would have lived at a time when a number of communities had good access to protein, particularly moa and seals, and accordingly had leisure time.

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Ross Calman, 'Leisure in traditional Māori society – ngā mahi a te rēhia - Leisure in traditional Māori society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013