Story: Mātaitai – shellfish gathering

Parcels from home

Parcels from home

During the Second World War, members of the Māori Battalion stationed overseas welcomed the arrival from home of parcels containing dried seafood. These soldiers were opening their Christmas parcels in Italy, in 1944.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War History Collection (PAColl-4161)
Reference: DA-07988; F

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Mere Whaanga, 'Mātaitai – shellfish gathering - Traditional patterns of harvest', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 12 Jun 2006