Story: Ngā haumi a iwi – Māori investment

Traders going to market, 1850s

Traders going to market, 1850s

These Māori traders are taking pigs to the Auckland market in the 1850s. Pigs and potatoes were being used as a standard form of currency in New Zealand by the 1840s. Initially, Māori communities were the key suppliers of food to fledgling European towns and cities.

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Edward Ellison, 'Ngā haumi a iwi – Māori investment - Māori economy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/23122/traders-going-to-market-1850s (accessed 20 May 2019)

Story by Edward Ellison, published 11 Mar 2010