Story: Te hopu tuna – eeling

Pā tuna (eel weir)

Important eel weirs were often named. This map shows weirs on the Tūtira and Maheawha streams in Hawke’s Bay in the early 20th century. Ownership of weirs passed from father to son, but could also be taken by force or transferred voluntarily. When Pohaki, a Tūtira chief, repelled an invasion he was rewarded with the rights to two weirs: Te Kopare, on the Tūtira stream between Kahukuranui and Maheawha, and Tōtara, at the junction of the Maheawha stream and Waikoau River (inset).

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Reference: H. Guthrie-Smith, Tutira: the story of a New Zealand sheep station. Wellington: Reed, 1969, pp. 94-95.

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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/zoomify/13974/pa-tuna-eel-weir (accessed 31 March 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007