Story: Mātaitai – shellfish gathering

Customary fishing officers

Customary fishing officers

Traditionally, each family and hapū had areas where they gathered seafood. If relatives from outside the area wished to collect seafood they would ask the local kaitiaki, a person responsible for the resource. Customary fishing officers, such as Maadi Te Kahu (left) and Renee Randall, now play a role in assisting kaitiaki. Along with other officers, they have been recruited by the Ministry of Fisheries in consultation with local iwi (tribes) to help implement customary fishing regulations.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1999/3746/35
Photograph by Craig Simcox

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Mere Whaanga, 'Mātaitai – shellfish gathering - Traditional patterns of harvest', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 12 Jun 2006