How to make a manu taratahi
Follow these instructions to make a triangular child’s kite: Figure 1: Lay the feathered toetoe stalks on top of the unfeathered stalk as shown. Bind the stalks together with string. Figure 2: Lace together dry raupō leaves in groups of six. Start at the wide ...
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Manutukutuku. We have been designing our own kites for Matiriki. We have been using fabric and fibre, toitoi & alpaca wool. String & clothing has also been used as well as tin foil and feathers. We have enjoyed it. By Jacob & Decan This is what our manu tukutuku are looking like so far. For further information about Manu Tukutuku click here.
In this illustration by Philippa Stichbury, Whakatau-pōtiki flies a manu taratahi. He was raised by the wind folk out in the ocean, and used to walk on the sea while flying his kite. He came ashore only when beckoned by his mother, Apakura, from whom he had been separated.
Manu tukutuku – Māori kites
The Māori kite is known as manu tukutuku or manu aute. Manu means both kite and bird, and the word tukutuku refers to the winding out of the line as the kite ascends. Kites were also known as pākau, a name for the wing of a bird. Kites were flown for recreation, but ...