Story: Maramataka – the lunar calendar

Catching crayfish

These men are fishing with a pouraka (hoop net). The net was used to catch kōura (crayfish), īnanga (whitebait) or other small fish. The best time to catch crayfish with a pouraka was Māwharu.

Fishing personality Bill Hohepa points out that the names for the phases of the moon vary among the different maramataka. However, certain phases of the moon are commonly seen as good or bad for fishing.

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Paul Meredith, 'Maramataka – the lunar calendar - Nights of the month', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 October 2022)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 12 Jun 2006