Story: Kites and manu tukutuku

Flax (2nd of 3)


Flying lines, called aho tukutuku, were made of fine twisted muka (flax fibre). Harakeke (flax) was also used as a binding cord on most kite frames, and secured the base of birdman kites.

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Bob Maysmor, 'Kites and manu tukutuku - Manu tukutuku – Māori kites', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Bob Maysmor, published 12 Jun 2006