Story: Māori foods – kai Māori

Drying eels, 1936

Drying eels, 1936

In the low-lying swamplands around Ōtaki, eels provided a major food source. This photograph shows preparations for the opening of the Raukawa meeting house in March 1936. Mrs Henry stands in front of eel-drying racks (pātaka-tuna) laden with gutted and dried eels.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Adkin Collection
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Photograph by George Leslie Adkin

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Charles Royal and Jenny Kaka-Scott, 'Māori foods – kai Māori - Traditional cooking and preserving', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 June 2023)

Story by Charles Royal and Jenny Kaka-Scott, published 5 Sep 2013