Story: Ngā tupu mai i Hawaiki – plants from Polynesia

Digging with the kō

Digging with the kō

This 1907 painting by Gottfried Lindauer shows Māori men digging a kūmara garden with kō (digging sticks). These kō have the teka, an attached foot tread.

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Oil painting by Gottfried Lindauer

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Louise Furey, 'Ngā tupu mai i Hawaiki – plants from Polynesia - From Polynesia to New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/17495/digging-with-the-ko (accessed 10 May 2021)

Story by Louise Furey, published 24 Nov 2008