Story: Mātaitai – shellfish gathering

Freshwater crayfish

Freshwater crayfish

The freshwater crayfish is found in streams, lakes and ponds throughout the country. Its dull green changes to bright red when boiled. The saying ‘Ka whero te kōura’ (the crayfish goes red), refers to a person who is quick-tempered and flushes in anger.

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Mere Whaanga, 'Mātaitai – shellfish gathering - Kōura and karengo', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2021)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 12 Jun 2006