Story: Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene

Pae hamuti – latrine handle

Pae hamuti – latrine handle

In traditional Māori hilltop , paepae (latrines) were located on the side of the hill so human waste would fall well away from living and eating areas. Some were in very steep locations and had pae hamuti (latrine handles) for users to hold onto while defecating, to prevent them falling down the cliff.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene - Toilets', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/40799/pae-hamuti-latrine-handle (accessed 23 April 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013