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Traditional Māori kāinga

Traditional Māori kāinga

This is a sketch of an imagined typical Māori kāinga (settlement) near the mouth of the current Washpool River, in southern Wairarapa, about 600 years ago. It has large communal gardens on the coastal flats, as well as dwellings protected by palisades. Māori settlements like this survived well into the late 19th century. Some Europeans regarded it as a duty to eradicate 'the principle of communism on which their social system is based'. (New Zealand Parliamentary Debates, 1870, vol. 9, p. 361)

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Te ture – Māori and legislation - The Native Land Court', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/36537/traditional-maori-kainga (accessed 26 May 2019)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 20 Jun 2012