Story: Mātaitai – shellfish gathering

Collecting in the Bay of Islands

Collecting in the Bay of Islands

Traditionally, collecting kaimoana (seafood) was of great importance. Even today, seafood is a highly valued food resource for Māori. Continuing the tradition, two young boys collect shellfish in a flax basket in the Bay of Islands.

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Mere Whaanga, 'Mātaitai – shellfish gathering - Customary harvest and conservation today', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 12 Jun 2006