Story: Te mahi kai – food production economics

Mock moa hunt

Mock moa hunt

The mock hunt of a moa is undertaken around 1900 by Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hīroa), right, and two other men, believed to be Hēmi Papakura (centre) and Tūtere Wī Repa (left). While the ‘hunters’ hold spears, there is no real evidence as to how moa were hunted. The moa has a long straight neck, but it is now believed that they held their necks in horizontally, in line with their bodies.

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Manuka Henare, 'Te mahi kai – food production economics - Adapting to New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by Manuka Henare, published 24 Nov 2008