Story: Human effects on the environment

Māori gardens (1st of 2)

Māori gardens

This is a sketched reconstruction of Māori gardens near the mouth of the Washpool River in southern Wairarapa, about 600–700 years ago. The forest had been cleared from the river flats, and stone walls were built to provide shelter and divide the land for growing kūmara (sweet potato).

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Janet Wilmshurst, 'Human effects on the environment - Early human impact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/12533/maori-gardens (accessed 8 July 2020)

Story by Janet Wilmshurst, published 24 Sep 2007