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Māori midden, Takapuna

Māori midden, Takapuna

In July 2007 roading contractors in Takapuna, Auckland, uncovered a midden (rubbish dump) filled with shells. The find suggests there was a Māori settlement close by. Work was stopped while archaeologists and Māori inspected the area. The age of the site is not yet known. Māori had protocols for disposing of rubbish away from living areas.

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Christine Dann, 'Sewage, water and waste - Māori and colonial settlements', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by Christine Dann, published 11 Mar 2010