Story: South Canterbury region

Eeling at Washdyke

Eeling at Washdyke

At this Māori eeling camp beside the Washdyke Creek and lagoon, around 1900, men are holding matarau for spearing eels. The hīnaki (eel pots) to the right were laid with bait in the creek behind. Two European boys watch proceedings from the railway bridge.

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South Canterbury Museum
Reference: 1209

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury region - Māori in South Canterbury', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11330/eeling-at-washdyke (accessed 27 September 2016)

Full story by John Wilson, published 28 Feb 2007, updated 12 May 2015