Story: Te hopu tuna – eeling

Eels at Wairewa

These eels have been hung out to dry at Wairewa (Lake Forsyth). Wairewa was an important source of eels for South Island Māori. Eels were caught in hīnaki (eel pots), or by using a bob made of noke waiū (big white worms), split flax and rushes (wīwī).

Listen to Riki Ellison from the Ngāi Tahu tribe talk about eeling.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tourist and Publicity Department Collection
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Photograph by K. V. Bigwood

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Basil Keane, 'Te hopu tuna – eeling - Bobbing, feeling and striking', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007