Story: Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation

Harvesting kūmara

Harvesting kūmara

Women harvest kūmara (sweet potatoes) in the far north of the North Island, early in the 20th century. Traditionally, success in growing and harvesting kūmara was assured by the entire community following appropriate tikanga (practices). They acted as kaitiaki and helped look after the harvest.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation - Kaitiaki – guardians', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11592/harvesting-kumara (accessed 29 September 2020)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007