Story: Wairarapa region

Stone rows

Stone rows

These stone rows at Okoropunga, on the south Wairarapa coast, are from a 15th-century Māori settlement. The rows generally run parallel to each other. Some mark boundaries, but others were gardens – the soil between the rows tends to be warmer and better for growing plants like kūmara (sweet potato).

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Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa region - Māori settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 December 2019)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 3 Mar 2017