Story: Te Māori i te ohanga – Māori in the economy

Eeling (2nd of 3)

Eeling

This Māori eeling camp is set up beside the creek leading into Washdyke Lagoon (Waitarakao) in South Canterbury around 1900. The men are holding matarau (eel spears). There are a number of hīnaki (eel pots), which would have been set in the creek and pulled out when a good catch had been made. Tuna (eel) was a vital food source in many areas.

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South Canterbury Museum
Reference: 1209

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Basil Keane, 'Te Māori i te ohanga – Māori in the economy - The Māori economy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/25747/eeling (accessed 15 December 2017)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010