Story: Economic history

Canoes with produce

Canoes with produce

In the 1850s trading had become so important to many Māori in the Auckland area that they used boats and canoes to bring their foods, pigs and flax to sell in waterfront markets. In William Strutt’s painting we see canoes arriving at Onehunga, Auckland, in the mid-1850s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: G-637
Oil on canvas by William Strutt

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Brian Easton, 'Economic history - Early Māori economies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010