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Kāinga – Māori settlement

Kāinga – Māori settlement

This is a composite of a number of aspects found in pre-European Māori settlements (kāinga). These villages were often coastal, and had access to both the sea and rivers. The highest mountain was usually associated with the hapū (sub-tribe) that lived in the settlement, and was often the burial place of the most important chiefs. Particularly in the North Island, gardens were important, and were often set on north-facing slopes to maximise the sun. Over time, fortified became increasingly important. They were often built on steep, inaccessible slopes with a view of the sea, from where attacks often came.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation - Traditional kaitiakitanga', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 March 2024)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007