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Object: Hinaki (eel/fish trap)

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Title Hinaki (eel/fish trap)
Production Unknown (weaver), New Zealand
Medium summary Manuka, muka
Materials reed, plant fibre
Classification traps
Technique basketmaking
Dimensions Overall: 630mm (Length) x 200mm (Width)
Credit line Acquisition history unknown
Registration number ME011844

Thishinaki (eel/fish trap) was used to catch koaro fish (Galaxias brevipinnis).It is made from slim manuka (tea tree: Leptospernum scoparium) stems and dressed muka (flax fibre) cord. It is a fine example of the torotika method of weaving, where the stems are arranged longitudinally and braced with latitudinal looped twists.Hinaki weaving was usually the domain of men who were adept at quickly and deftly constructing sometimes very massive hinaki to catch food from rivers.

Usage
Hinaki would be baited and placed with the current in a river. The targeted fish would enter the inverted hole at one end and become trapped. Hinaki are still used today – if somewhat rarely.

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