Story: Te whānau puha – whales

Whaling at Te Kaha

These whales have been caught at Te Kaha. In the sound clip, Matekino Wharemate recalls his time there. An elder taught him how to tell when the whale oil in the trypot was ready: by spitting into the oil. If the oil was not ready, the spittle would settle. If it was ready, the spittle would sizzle.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Whaling/Reference number DAT 622).

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: Weekly News, 8 August 1912
Photograph by Canon Pahewa

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Bradford Haami, 'Te whānau puha – whales - From whaling to tourism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/9208/whaling-at-te-kaha (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 12 Jun 2006