Story: Conservation – a history

Māori garden

Māori garden

Areas of Māori cultivation are widespread on the south Wairarapa coast. Stone walls (the horizontal lines, centre) were built in the late 15th century to shelter kūmara (sweet potato). The dark green stands of trees are karaka groves, and the isolated trees are tī kōuka (cabbage trees).

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Simon Nathan, 'Conservation – a history - Māori conservation traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015