Story: Te rāngai mahi – Māori in the workforce

Growing potatoes

Growing potatoes

Fenced potato plantations grow at the top right of this Māori , drawn around 1845 by Cyprian Bridge. Potato gardens quickly became a very common sight near Māori villages in the 19th century. This may have been Tāmati Wāka Nene’s pā at Ōkaihau in Northland.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-079-031
Watercolour by Cyprian Bridge

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Basil Keane, 'Te rāngai mahi – Māori in the workforce - European contact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 August 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010