Story: Ngā tupu mai i Hawaiki – plants from Polynesia

Taro plant

Taro plant

This taro plant is growing at Koriniti on the Whanganui River. Taro was an important plant throughout Polynesia. It was highly prized by Māori, and was seen as a food for important people.

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Louise Furey, 'Ngā tupu mai i Hawaiki – plants from Polynesia - Taro, uwhi and tī pore', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17504/taro-plant (accessed 14 October 2019)

Story by Louise Furey, published 24 Nov 2008