Story: Te hopu tuna – eeling

Pā auroa eel weir (1st of 2)

Pā auroa eel weir

This three-fence pā auroa (eel weir) was in the Whanganui River. Pā auroa were built almost in line with the river current, at the head of a rapid. They had to be very strong to withstand the river when it flooded.

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Basil Keane, 'Te hopu tuna – eeling - Pā tuna – eel weirs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13973/pa-auroa-eel-weir (accessed 1 April 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007