Story: Te tāhere manu – bird catching

Mutu in karaka tree

Mutu in karaka tree

This is a replica of a snare used to catch kākā. As the bird lands the noose is drawn tight, trapping it. The snare, attached to a pole, is then unhooked from the tree and taken down. Then the bird is killed, and the snare is reset and put back on the tree.

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Te tāhere manu – bird catching - Snaring methods: tākiri and tāhei', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/11967/mutu-in-karaka-tree (accessed 18 August 2019)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007