Story: Mātaitai – shellfish gathering

Opened kina

Opened kina

Traditionally, some people would eat the entire contents of the kina. Today, the sweet yellow roe is usually eaten, and the remaining bitter contents are discarded. However, for some the two complement each other.

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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