Story: Estuaries

Midden, Waiōtahe

Midden, Waiōtahe

For hundreds of years Māori gathered food from estuaries and deposited the shells and bones in heaps around the coast. These piles of leftovers, or middens, provide a glimpse of life in pre-European days. This midden at the Waiōtahe estuary on the east coast of the North Island consists mainly of pipi (Paphies australis) shells.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Estuaries - People and estuaries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006