Story: Economic history

Fish hooks

Fish hooks

The variety in size and materials of these fish hooks illustrates the specialisation of work in Māori communities before the arrival of Europeans. Although there was little trade between hapū (sub-tribes), there was considerable division of labour within these groups, with people becoming expert at cultivating crops, hunting birds or fishing. The biggest division of labour was between men and women.

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Brian Easton, 'Economic history - Phases of economic development', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2023)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010