Story: Mātaitai – shellfish gathering

Shell midden

Shell midden

Māori have long made use of a huge variety of shellfish. The full extent has become clearer as archaeologists have excavated middens like this one at Ōngare Point. Pipi, pāua, pūpū, mussels, cockles, oysters, scallops and mud snails have been found, along with a number of less common shells.

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Mere Whaanga, 'Mātaitai – shellfish gathering - Archaeological evidence', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 12 Jun 2006