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.
Using this item
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
This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.