Story: Mātaitai – shellfish gathering

Freshwater mussel (3rd of 3)

Freshwater mussel

This is the freshwater mussel, or kākahi. Its juice was often used as a healthy drink for children.

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Photograph by Sjaan Chateris

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Mere Whaanga, 'Mātaitai – shellfish gathering - Mussels, oysters, toheroa and other species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2021)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 12 Jun 2006