Story: Freight and warehousing



Pātaka (storehouses) were used to keep preserved food – fish, birds, kao (a kūmara preparation) – or seed safe from kiore (Pacific rats) in winter. Pātaka were entered through a trapdoor in the floor; the small opening at the front was a window.

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Matthew Wright and Megan Cook , 'Freight and warehousing - Early Māori freight and storage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by Matthew Wright and Megan Cook , published 11 Mar 2010