Story: Kōhatu – Māori use of stone



This is an obsidian-flow outcrop in Oira Bay, Mayor Island. Obsidian is a natural glass, formed by the rapid cooling of silica-rich volcanic lava. It was prized for its use in cutting and scraping. The Māori name was matā, and obsidian from Mayor Island (Tūhua) was known as matā tūhua.

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Phil Moore and Bruce McFadgen, 'Kōhatu – Māori use of stone - Stone tools', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2024)

Story by Phil Moore and Bruce McFadgen, published 12 Jun 2006