Story: Housing

Cottage interior

Cottage interior

This one-roomed cottage in Mōhaka, pictured around 1855, may have been Māori-built. The structure resembles a traditional whare with a wooden frame – the rafters and posts supporting a central ridgepole – and raupō (reed) or flax cladding. However, its side front door shows European influence. The furnishings are basic – its inhabitant uses a box as a seat and a bunk bed is visible by the far wall. Perishables are stored in hanging kete (baskets) above the man's head.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-235-005
Watercolour by Alfred John Cooper

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Ben Schrader, 'Housing - Interior planning and living', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013