Story: Te ohanga onamata a rohe – economic regions

Garden of seven stones, Rarotonga

Garden of seven stones, Rarotonga

This garden in Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands, has seven stones, each of which represents a founding waka (canoe) in Māori tradition. Rarotonga is one of the islands from which Māori may have originated. Māori ancestors who travelled to New Zealand from East Polynesia needed to adapt to a cooler climate, where food resources were often seasonal and more widely spread on larger islands.

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Basil Keane, 'Te ohanga onamata a rohe – economic regions - Tradable commodities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010