Story: Farming and the environment

Kūmara production

Kūmara production

Kūmara (sweet potato) was a staple food of early Māori, which they grew in cultivated plots. Māori agriculture expanded significantly after they adopted European crops and farming methods. This Māori woman sits on a pile of kūmara in Northland in the early 20th century.

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Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, 'Farming and the environment - Early changes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 September 2020)

Story by Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, published 24 Nov 2008