Story: Hōiho – horses and iwi

Going to market (1st of 4)

Going to market

In this 1861 painting by John Harland, a Māori group is going to the market, some on horses. While horses were rare and expensive at first, through breeding they became common in tribal communities.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-159-036
Ink drawing by John Sawdon Harland

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Basil Keane, 'Hōiho – horses and iwi - Introduction of horses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 August 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Jul 2015