In the picture book Crayfishing with grandmother, by Jill Bagnall with Māori text by Hapi Potae, the old grandmother finds a crayfish hole in a rock pool near her home and shows her grandson Wira how to catch a cray by hand:
‘Here’s the crayfish hole,’ called Grandmother softly. Wira stood and looked into the deep blue hole …
Carefully Grandmother lowered herself into the water, her fingers holding the edge of the rock. Then she took a deep breath and dived.
Ka āta karanga te Tipuna, ‘Anei te rua, anei te rua kōura.’ Ka tū a Wira, ka titiro ki te kōpua …
Tūpato te whakaheke a te Tipuna i a ia ki roto i te wai, ā, ko ōna ringa e pupuri ana ki te mata o te toka. Ka hā ia, ā, ka tūpou.
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HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand
Reference: Jill Bagnall and Hapi Potae, Crayfishing with grandmother. Auckland: Collins, 1975
Artwork by Barbara Strathdee
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