Story: Ngā haumi a iwi – Māori investment

Hākari stage

Hākari stage

This is a massive hākari stage with each compartment about the height of a person. Food was stored within these stages to illustrate the generosity of the hosts. This feast was held in the Bay of Islands in 1849. These kinds of feasts were reciprocal and were used as one means of trading.

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Watercolour by Cuthbert Charles Clarke

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Edward Ellison, 'Ngā haumi a iwi – Māori investment - Māori economy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 June 2023)

Story by Edward Ellison, published 11 Mar 2010