Tuesday, August 7, 2012
When I was a youngster we were still harvesting the fruits of our moana in the traditional manner and in traditional places. One of Ngai Tamanuhiri’s tribal delicacies is dried shark and we tended to use another of our local delicacies (crayfish) as bait. During our diving expeditions to Taikawakawa and Orongo the fishing fraternity amongst us would often collect extra crayfish to use for that very purpose. In all honesty the crays would have struggled to pass today’s strict measurement regimes BUT… we’re talking about customary practices here… 6 hundy years or more.