Story: Maramataka – the lunar calendar

A food for all seasons

This song ‘Ngā wehenga o te tau’ (the seasons) recalls the various types of traditional work for each season. Different types of food were collected according to the time of year; however, aruhe (fern root), shown piled up, was a reliable year-round staple.

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Paul Meredith, 'Maramataka – the lunar calendar - Planting and fishing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2022)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 12 Jun 2006