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Object: Poha Titi

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Title Poha Titi
Production Ashwell, Harold, 1997, Southland
Materials bark, harakeke, kelp
Classification bags
Credit line Purchased 1997
Registration number ME015916

Unique customs

South island tribes used the poha titi as a unique way of preserving and storing titi (muttonbirds). This poha has been made from a kelp bag that has been covered with strips of totara bark and placed inside a woven kete (basket). Made as recently as the 1920s–1930s, it is evidence of a tradition that still has strong relevance today.

The custom of collecting and storing titi – widely known as muttonbirding – is practised by the people of Rakiura (Stewart Island), where they and their descendants have seasonal rights to gather titi on 36 nearby islands.

Poha Titi – he tikanga motuhake

Koinei te ahuatanga ki nga hapu o Rakiura he poha titi, e tohu ai i ta ratau tahu i te titi, a, ka waiho hei kai i tona wa. I hangaia te poha ki te rimurapa, a, uhia atu ki te kiri totara. I muri ka whiria he kete e ngawari ai te mau haere. No nga tau 1920–1930, ka hangaia tenei poha titi, a, kei te mau tonu i a ratau te ahuatanga o te mahi poha titi.

Kei te mau tonu i nga uri whakaheke nga tikanga mo te mahi titi, a, he whanau he moutere, he whanau he moutere. Koinei te tikanga mai ra ano. He kaupapa nui te mahi titi.

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