Story: Te hopu tuna – eeling

Utu piharau (lamprey weir)

Utu piharau (lamprey weir)

This utu piharau (lamprey weir) is on the banks of the Whanganui River, shown here in the late 1800s. Lamprey weirs were built around March, before winter rains swelled the river.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/1-000483-G
Photograph by William James Harding

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Te hopu tuna – eeling - Catching piharau – lampreys', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13987/utu-piharau-lamprey-weir (accessed 31 March 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007