Long flight for Birdwoman kite

Stuff.co.nz (The Dominion Post) has a quick article on Suzanne Tamaki’s kite “Manu Wahine” which means “Bird Woman”. The kite will be displayed in the British museum together with the oldest known traditional Maori kite, which is the male counter part to Tamaki’s kite. You can read the complete article here..Long flight for Birdwoman kite – Stuff.co.nz


Photo Source : PHIL REID/The Dominion Post

Valerie and I were in New Zealand in 2004, I was in to kites then but I didn’t have a clue about Maori kites. Since then I have received a bit of an education with the help of some kite flying friends from NZ and from a great book titled “Te Manu Tukutuku – The Maori Kite” by Bob Maysmor.

To give you an idea of what’s in the book here is the table of contents

  • Origins of the Maori Kite
  • Materials used for kite-making
  • Surviving examples of Maori Kites
  • Other types of Maori kite
  • Decorations and accessories
  • Flying lines and bridles
  • How kites were flown
  • Tutu Manu – chants and charms
  • Traditional histories
  • Contemporary Maori kites

There is also a great appendix with listings of Maori kites in museums and other collections, how to make a manu taratahi and Drawings of surviving kites inlcuding the bird man kite that is in the British Museum.

So if you get a chance pick up the book.. you can get it from the kite lines bookstore