Story: Seafood

Pāua (1st of 3)


The polished inner shell of pāua, New Zealand’s native abalone, is widely used for jewellery and ornamentation. It owes its iridescent lustre to the play of light on different layers of the shell.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Seafood - Favourite Kiwi fare', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 February 2023)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006