Te Matau a Maui

Te Matau a Maui: Fish-hooks, Fishing and Fisheries in New Zealand
Chris Paulin with Mark Fenwick

Te Matau a Maui (Maui’s Fish-hook) is a scholarly yet accessible examination of traditional Maori fish-hooks, trolling lures and net design. The author describes how Maori fishing technology, at first scorned by early European explorers, eventually influenced Western hook designs and fishing methods. The development of New Zealand’s commercial fisheries and the controversial management of the country’s fish resources are also examined. 

The book is illustrated with historic images and colour photographs of items from museum collections around the world. 

Te Matau a Maui is another example of the ‘one-stop’ service Streamline Creative offers to independent publishers. This title was project-managed by us from unedited manuscript to delivery of the printed book – working alongside the author throughout all production stages.

We also arranged a co-edition by University of Hawai‘i Press.


Casebound, 232pp
230x175mm, portrait

Published 2015 in New Zealand by fishHook Publications, Wellington, New Zealand and in USA and internationally by University of Hawai‘i Press

What we did

Design & Artwork
Project Management incl printing & shipping

Negotiated co-edition rights

“Streamline turned my manuscript and images into something I will always be proud of.
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Chris Paulin