Story: Kiore – Pacific rats

Tāwhiti makamaka (3rd of 3)

Tāwhiti makamaka

This portable trap is the tāwhiti makamaka, made of mānuka bark, aka pirita (supplejack) and muka (flax fibre). A kiore would chew through the cord to reach the bait. When the cord snapped, the bent stick would spring up and trap the rat in a loop inside the trap.

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Bradford Haami, 'Kiore – Pacific rats - Hunting and eating kiore', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2022)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 24 Nov 2008