Story: Sealing

Houhora, Northland

Houhora, Northland

Houhora, 50 kilometres south of North Cape, is the site of a 14th-century Māori settlement. Archaeological excavations uncovered the remains of 44 fur seals, eight sea lions and seven elephant seals in a midden. This confirms that seals were once widespread around New Zealand coasts and an important food for Māori. The site of the excavation is to the left of the track leading up to the quarry.

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Jock Phillips, 'Sealing - The rise and fall of sealing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006