Hira Wiremu Pere and Hoani Te Kou Nutira prepare and cook a catch of eels from Wairewa (Lake Forsyth). The wetlands of Canterbury were a rich source of food for the Ngāi Tahu people. They gathered eels at places such as Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) and Wairewa (Lake Forsyth). These lakes survived the impact of European settlement, but other Canterbury wetlands were drained to create farmland.
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