Story: Stewart Island/Rakiura

Bags of muttonbirds, around 1910

Bags of muttonbirds, around 1910

A mixed population of Māori and Pākehā descent established itself on Stewart Island from the 1830s. These three men are engaged in a long-established island activity – muttonbirding. The bagged muttonbirds (also known as tītī or sooty shearwaters) are ready for shipment to the mainland.

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Carl Walrond, 'Stewart Island/Rakiura - History to 1850', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 1 May 2015