Story: Mātaitai – shellfish gathering

Using a kapu (1st of 3)

Using a kapu

This fisherman leans over his canoe with a kapu (mussel dredge) at Lake Rotoiti in the early 1900s. The kapu was used to scoop up kākahi (freshwater mussels).

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PA1-f-179-51-2
Photograph by Thomas Pringle

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How to cite this page:

Mere Whaanga, 'Mātaitai – shellfish gathering - Mussels, oysters, toheroa and other species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 12 Jun 2006