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Kō for digging

Kō for digging

The kō was the main tool Māori used for digging. The 2–3-metre-long pole was made of strong and durable wood. One end was shaped into a narrow blade, and a footrest was lashed to the shaft. Kō were used for loosening soil and shaping the ground into mounds for planting tubers.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Gardens - Māori gardens', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Nov 2008