Story: Seafood

Digging for toheroa (2nd of 3)

Digging for toheroa

In an attempt to control over-harvesting of toheroa, the New Zealand government introduced regulations limiting the period during which the shellfish could be taken. In the 1970s the period was limited to a single day. This photograph shows some of the thousands of toheroa hunters who descended on Hōkio Beach, north of Wellington, on an open harvest day on 15 September 1977.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1974/6340/28-F

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Seafood - Favourite Kiwi fare', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006