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Early Māori invention – the kopa (1 o 2)

Early Māori invention – the kopa

The kopa, also called a tāwiri, was an invention for squeezing the juice from tītoki berries. It was a flax bag in which the berries were placed, then pounded to release their juice. The kopa was squeezed by twisting it between two pairs of wooden handles. The juice was then filtered through another bag, and dripped into a container underneath.

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Reference: Elsdon Best, Forest Lore of the Maori, Wellington: Dominion Museum, 1942

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Mark Derby, 'Inventions, patents and trademarks - The ‘no. 8 wire’ tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/diagram/25385/early-maori-invention-the-kopa (accessed 20 November 2019)

He kōrero nā Mark Derby, i tāngia i te 11 Mar 2010, updated 24 Feb 2015