Story: Mātaitai – shellfish gathering

Little Waihī estuary

Little Waihī estuary

Little Waihī in the Bay of Plenty was known as a place of abundant seafood. Throughout New Zealand various iwi (tribes) and hapū have traditional shellfish-collecting areas which are highly valued.

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Mere Whaanga, 'Mātaitai – shellfish gathering - Archaeological evidence', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 12 Jun 2006