Story: Kites and manu tukutuku

Ūpoko tangata

Ūpoko tangata

This ūpoko tangata (cutty grass) kite is named after the material it is covered with, and is a child’s kite. The frame is made from rush stems. This particular kite is from the Ngāpuhi tribe, and is held in the national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa.

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How to cite this page:

Bob Maysmor, 'Kites and manu tukutuku - Types of Māori kite', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5291/upoko-tangata (accessed 18 July 2019)

Story by Bob Maysmor, published 12 Jun 2006