Story: Māori foods – kai Māori

Pātaka, 1842

Pātaka, 1842

This superbly carved pātaka, or food storehouse, was painted at Ōtumatua, Taranaki, in 1842. It is reached by climbing the notched wooden pole, which has steps too far apart for rats to climb. Flax bags of provisions are stacked at the base of the pātaka, possibly ready for storage there. In the background a man and a woman sit at their cooking fire.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-146-009
Watercolour by Charles Heaphy

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Charles Royal and Jenny Kaka-Scott, 'Māori foods – kai Māori - Traditional cooking and preserving', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/40254/pataka-1842 (accessed 19 September 2019)

Story by Charles Royal and Jenny Kaka-Scott, published 5 Sep 2013