Story: Māori foods – kai Māori

Snaring a weka, 1846

The flightless weka was appreciated for its flavour by both Māori and Pākehā. This 1846 watercolour shows Kehu (Ngāti Tūmatakōkiri) snaring a weka in the Mātukituki Valley, near Wānaka. Kehu also shot birds and caught fish and eels for the European explorers seen in the hut behind him.

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

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Charles Royal and Jenny Kaka-Scott, 'Māori foods – kai Māori - Traditional growing and gathering', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

Story by Charles Royal and Jenny Kaka-Scott, published 5 Sep 2013