Story: Te Māori i te ohanga – Māori in the economy

Potato crop

Potato crop

This painting of a fortified around 1845 shows a potato field (top right). Potatoes began to be grown on a commercial scale soon after they were introduced, particularly in the far north, to supply whalers. Potatoes and pigs were such important trade items they served as a currency for a number of years in New Zealand.

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

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Basil Keane, 'Te Māori i te ohanga – Māori in the economy - Early trade with Pākehā', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010