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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