Story: Whitebait and whitebaiting

Hut and stand

Hut and stand

This hut has been built behind a whitebait stand on the Matau branch of the Clutha River, in South Otago. Some stands are built on floating pontoons, but most are on stilts. They sit above the high-tide mark, providing shelter for whitebaiters. Small piers allow easy access to the nets. Some stands had droll names such as ‘The Ritz’, and doubled as shelters in the duck-shooting season.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 6 January 2005, p.10
Photograph by Stephen Jaquiery

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Carl Walrond, 'Whitebait and whitebaiting - Whitebaiting culture and regulations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007