Story: Te ohanga onamata a rohe – economic regions

Food gathering, Ruapuke Island

Food gathering, Ruapuke Island

This map shows the seasonal nature of food production in the Murihiku region (the southern South Island). People moved according to the resources that were available seasonally. After European arrival, potatoes were grown and harvested in autumn. Prior to this there was no gardening as Polynesian cultigens such as kūmara or taro would not grow this far south.

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Source: Malcolm McKinnon, ed., Bateman New Zealand historical atlas: ko papatuanuku e takoto nei. Auckland: David Bateman, 1997, plate 16

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Basil Keane, 'Te ohanga onamata a rohe – economic regions - Te Wāhi Pounamu – hunting and gathering', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010