Story: Mātaitai – shellfish gathering

Shellfish from the rocks

Shellfish from the rocks

To prise the harvest from the rocks, this woman is using a tomahawk. Her kete (basket) is used to hold the shellfish.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Photograph by Frank J. Denton

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Mere Whaanga, 'Mātaitai – shellfish gathering - Customary harvest and conservation today', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 12 Jun 2006