Story: Matariki – Māori New Year

Gourd for preserving birds

Gourd for preserving birds

Matariki was associated not only with planting and harvesting, but also with the plentiful supply of game. Often birds would be preserved in their own fat in a gourd like the tahā huahua pictured here.

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Paul Meredith, 'Matariki – Māori New Year - Cycles of life and death', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 June 2021)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 12 Jun 2006