Story: Leisure in traditional Māori society – ngā mahi a te rēhia

Making a hīnaki

Making a hīnaki

Paratene Ngata (father of Apirana Ngata), left, weaves a hīnaki (eel trap). At right is anthropologist Te Rangi Hīroa (Peter Buck), taking notes. Making and maintaining nets and traps for birds and fish was one of the important activities undertaken by Māori in traditional society.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Ramsden Papers
Reference: 1/2-037930-F
Photograph by James Ingram McDonald

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Ross Calman, 'Leisure in traditional Māori society – ngā mahi a te rēhia - The social aspects of leisure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013