Story: Te mahi kai – food production economics

Kāinga (settlement)

Kāinga (settlement)

This picture depicts an idealised kāinga (Māori settlement). The gardens were placed on elevated, north-facing slopes to maximise exposure to sun. Soils were modified by adding sand, gravel and charcoal to improve heat retention and drainage.

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Manuka Henare, 'Te mahi kai – food production economics - Location and scale of activities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

Story by Manuka Henare, published 24 Nov 2008