Story: Whitebait and whitebaiting

Whitebaiting camp (2nd of 3)

Whitebaiting camp

A Māori whitebaiter holds a trap which looks to have been woven from flax, with a supplejack frame. This tapering net, with a wide mouth and narrow end, was the model that Europeans used. In the late 1800s many Māori adopted European scrim netting as an alternative to their labour-intensive traps.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
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Photograph by Charles Spencer

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Carl Walrond, 'Whitebait and whitebaiting - History and conservation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 April 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 23 Jun 2023