Story: Māori foods – kai Māori

Fishing for whitebait, 1929

Fishing for whitebait, 1929

Women fish for whitebait (īnanga or matamata) on the Waikato River near Tūākau. Every spring large shoals of whitebait appeared in the river, and Māori fishing camps were set up on low islands and along the banks for weeks at a time. By 1929, when this photo was taken, the catch provided a cash income rather than a food source.

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Reference: James Cowan, The Maori: yesterday and to-day. Wellington: Whitcombe & Tombes, 1930, frontispiece

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Charles Royal and Jenny Kaka-Scott, 'Māori foods – kai Māori - Traditional foods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2024)

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