Story: Te hopu tuna – eeling

Hīnaki (eel pots)

Hīnaki (eel pots)

Hīnaki came in a variety of shapes and sizes. The long, thin hīnaki in the middle would be used in rivers or streams with firm beds. The one on the right was designed for lakes or lagoons with soft, muddy beds – its rounded sides lifted the entrance out of the mud.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Photograph by Samuel Heath Head

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Basil Keane, 'Te hopu tuna – eeling - Hīnaki – eel pots', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13975/hinaki-eel-pots (accessed 31 March 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007