Kōrero: Seafood

Kahawai lure

Kahawai lure

The traditional Māori way to catch the common coastal fish kahawai was not with baited hooks. Beautiful lures like this one were drawn through the water, attracting the fish with their flashes of colour. Iridescent shell from the native pāua (abalone) lines the inner surface of the whalebone hook. The barbed point is made of New Zealand jade (pounamu). It is tied to the whalebone with twine made from the leaves of the climbing vine kiekie.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: I. 006367

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Seafood - Early Māori and settler diets', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/5093/kahawai-lure (accessed 18 November 2019)

He kōrero nā Maggy Wassilieff, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006