Story: Taupori Māori – Māori population change

Growing potatoes

Growing potatoes

Māori were quick to accept introduced livestock and crops like pigs and potatoes, which reduced their exposure to malnutrition and so increased their immunity to infection. This 1845 painting by Cyprian Bridge shows a fenced potato patch to the right of a – possibly Tāmati Wāka Nene's pā at Ōkaihau in Northland.

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Watercolour by Cyprian Bridge

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Ian Pool and Tahu Kukutai, 'Taupori Māori – Māori population change - Population changes, 1769–1840', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Ian Pool and Tahu Kukutai, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 27 Sep 2018