Story: Te hopu tuna – eeling

Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere)

Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere)

Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) was rich in food resources, leading to its other name, Te Keteika-a-Rākaihautū (Rākaihautū’s fish basket). Eels were particularly bountiful. The lake is bordered by a coastal gravel bar, into which channels were dug to catch migrating eels.

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Basil Keane, 'Te hopu tuna – eeling - Eel migrations – heke tuna', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13995/te-waihora-lake-ellesmere (accessed 6 April 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007