In a Māori legend, Kāhukura encounters some patupaiarehe at night while they are pulling their fishing nets in. He joins them in the dark and thus learns their magical fishing song. On finding out that there is a mortal amongst them, they flee and leave behind their nets. Kāhukura thus becomes the first mortal to know the art of making fishnets.



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