Story: Energy supply and use

Cooking geothermally

Cooking geothermally

Māori women traditionally used some of the boiling pools at Whakarewarewa to make food. They would lower kete (flax bags) containing food into the water and leave them there to cook. These women were photographed in about 1910.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Auckland Star Collection (PA-Group-00610)
Reference: 1/1-003037; G
Photograph by William Henry Thomas

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Megan Cook, 'Energy supply and use - Energy before the 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 July 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 11 Mar 2010