Rights: Image from Christchurch City Libraries, File Reference: CCL PhotoCD 17, IMG0027. Source The Lyttelton times, 28 June 1851, p. 3. Published 18 August 2014 Size: 290 KB

Māori have always valued estuaries as a sought-after resource. This picture from 1931 shows a local whitebaiter in the Maketū Estuary. Many Māori still gather kaimoana from estuaries.