Te Matau A Maui

Te Matau A Maui

Fishhooks, Fishing and Fisheries in New Zealand

Book - 2016
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"Te Matau a Maui discusses the form and function of the traditional Maori fishhook, customary fishing, and development of commercial fishing in New Zealand since European settlement (including the adoption of the "rotating hook" design as a re-discovery of the innovative and highly effective Maori hook design by present day commercial long-line fisheries), and changes in Maori lifestyle associated with the increasing availability of European agricultural cultivars and domestic animals in the nineteenth century, and urbanisation in the twentieth century that led to a decline in Maori fishing activity and the loss of indigenous knowledge"--Publisher information.
Publisher: Paraparaumu :, fishHook Publications,, [2016].
ISBN: 9780473328696
Branch Call Number: 639.2 PAU
Characteristics: 232 pages :,illustrations (some colour) ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Fenwick, Mark 1966-


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Jun 15, 2017

This book offers a comprehensive look at early Māori fishing in Aotearoa through the lens of the fish hook. There are many stunning photographs that highlight the technology and beauty of these early hooks and Paulin makes sure the reader understands the way these hooks actually worked. By taking us on a visual road trip through museum storage vaults we learn to appreciate these unique and distinctive taonga. He is comprehensive in his study of the different methods of fishing, mātauranga Māori (indigenous knowledge), kaitiakitanga, and how all of these have been impacted over the centuries. Paulin’s comprehensive knowledge is written in an easily readable manner but he also takes a thought provoking look at issues facing our fisheries. One of these is the way European centric science has trouble situating mātauranga regarding the fisheries. “..biological scientists do not have adequate tools for investigating a knowledge base that is much more complex in its observations and organised by a different theory.” Chris Paulin – author.
I particularly like the small snippets of text at the beginning of the book ranging from Captain Cook and d’Urville to Sir Peter Buck and Elsdon Best. Each describing some element of the fisheries as they saw it during their time. It highlights how very much has changed with this precious resource.
This is a great book to dip into or read cover to cover.

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