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

Flax work

Flax work

A Māori group prepare flax in Taranaki in the mid-1860s. While Māori had traditionally worked flax, they began to process it on an industrial scale for export.

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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 7 June 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010