Story: Kūmara

Rua kūmara

Rua kūmara

This rua kūmara (kūmara storage pit) is rectangular, and protected by a thatched roof. Pits were dug in the ground to store kūmara and keep it warm and moist. Rain ran from the roof into the external drain (right). Some pits also had internal drains.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: Helen Leach, 1,000 years of gardening in New Zealand. Wellington: Reed Publishing, 1984, p. 36
Drawing by Nancy Tichborne

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Peter Adds, 'Kūmara - Tools and storage pits', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/17369/rua-kumara (accessed 16 November 2019)

Story by Peter Adds, published 24 Nov 2008