Story: Canterbury region

Preparing eels

Preparing eels

Hira Wiremu Pere and Hoani Te Kou Nutira prepare and cook a catch of eels from Wairewa (Lake Forsyth). The wetlands of Canterbury were a rich source of food for the Ngāi Tahu people. They gathered eels at places such as Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) and Wairewa (Lake Forsyth). These lakes survived the impact of European settlement, but other Canterbury wetlands were drained to create farmland.

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Discovery and settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015