Story: Take whenua – Māori land tenure

Pā tuna (eel weir)

This map gives names for the numerous tuna (eel weirs) on the Tūtira and Maheawha streams at Tūtira, Hawke’s Bay. It was well-known who had the right to use each pā tuna. For instance, the right to use Te Kopare and Tōtara was gifted to the chief Pohaki in exchange for repelling an invasion.

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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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Paul Meredith, 'Take whenua – Māori land tenure - Customary rights', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 24 Nov 2008