Story: Farming in the economy

Māori village with potato crops

Māori village with potato crops

This painting of a Māori , from 1845, illustrates how quickly Māori agriculturalists adopted the potato. Potatoes produced much heavier crops than kūmara (sweet potato), their main traditional crop, and they kept well. Many grew them on a commercial scale. These potatoes are being grown behind fences to keep wild pigs out.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Watercolour by Cyprian Bridge

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Robert Peden, 'Farming in the economy - Early farming and the great pastoral era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/17571/maori-village-with-potato-crops (accessed 13 December 2018)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008