Story: Te rāngai mahi – Māori in the workforce

Māori women dressing flax (2nd of 2)

Māori women dressing flax

Women prepare flax in Taranaki, around 1865. Traditionally flax was prepared on a smaller scale – but the demand for it in New South Wales, Australia, for ropes meant that Māori started processing large amounts of flax.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: PUBL-0169-1865-001

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Te rāngai mahi – Māori in the workforce - Traditional Māori workforce', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 June 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010