Story: Seaweed

Making pōhā (1st of 3)

The traditional method of making pōhā is still used by the members of the Haberfield–Metzger family, who harvest muttonbirds from Pikomamaku Island off the coast of Stewart Island. The video clip shows a man collecting rimurapa (bull kelp) blades and splitting them open with his hand before inflating them.

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Private collection, Metzger whānau

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Seaweed - Traditional use of seaweeds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006