Story: Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation

Collecting shellfish

Collecting shellfish

A woman collects seafood in a flax kete (basket). Using appropriate baskets for gathering food was one aspect of kaitiakitanga. People were expected to follow correct tikanga (practices) when growing, collecting and harvesting food.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-008468-G
Photograph by Frank J. Denton

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How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation - Traditional kaitiakitanga', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007