Story: Te Māori i te ohanga – Māori in the economy

Snaring weka (3rd of 3)

Kehu, the Māori guide for Thomas Brunner in his explorations on the West Coast, skillfully captures a weka in his tari (slip-noose on a rod). Kehu holds a stick with feathers attached and imitates a bird call to entice the weka into the noose. Māori were expert fowlers as birds were such an important food source.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-113-008
Watercolour by William Fox

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Basil Keane, 'Te Māori i te ohanga – Māori in the economy - The Māori economy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/25748/snaring-weka (accessed 18 December 2017)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010