Story: Te tāhere manu – bird catching



The pewa was a snare that was disguised with moss or lichen. A lure of ripe berries, or nectar-filled flowers, was tied to the end of the perch. When the bird came to sample it, the noose was jerked, trapping it.

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Reference: Elsdon Best, Forest lore of the Maori. Wellington: Dominion Museum, 1942, fig. 6

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Basil Keane, 'Te tāhere manu – bird catching - Snaring methods: tākiri and tāhei', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 June 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007