Story: Te ohanga onamata a rohe – economic regions

Moa and seal sites

Moa and seal sites

This map shows archaeological sites where moa or seal bones have been found throughout New Zealand. The relative abundance of moa and seals across the archipelago meant the Māori population could spread out to exploit the resource. After the extinction of the moa, and depletion of sealing sites, except in the southern South Island, horticulture probably played a more important role.

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Source: Malcolm McKinnon, ed., Bateman New Zealand historical atlas: ko papatuanuku e takoto nei. Auckland: David Bateman, 1997, plate 10

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Basil Keane, 'Te ohanga onamata a rohe – economic regions - Waenganui region', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010