Story: Te mahi kai – food production economics

Rangatira statue

Rangatira statue

This statue at Waihī shows a rangatira (chief) holding a patu (short club) in one hand and a taiaha (spear) in the other. Traditionally a rangatira was a hereditary leader and was responsible for organising food production.

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Manuka Henare, 'Te mahi kai – food production economics - Roles and mana', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

Story by Manuka Henare, published 24 Nov 2008