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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