Story: Kōhatu – Māori use of stone

Flax pounder

Flax pounder

The patu muka (flax pounder) was used to pound the inner fibres of the harakeke (flax). Flax had numerous uses including clothing, mats, plates, ropes, baskets, fishing lines and nets. Most hapū had their own flax plantations.

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Phil Moore and Bruce McFadgen, 'Kōhatu – Māori use of stone - Other uses for stone', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/8888/flax-pounder (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by Phil Moore and Bruce McFadgen, published 12 Jun 2006