Story: Te Arawa

The Waikite Geyser (2nd of 3)

The Waikite Geyser

Before a tourist industry developed around the thermal attractions of the Rotorua area, its hot pools were an important resource for the people of Te Arawa. They washed clothes, bathed, and cooked food in them. They also used areas where the earth was warmed for growing kūmara (sweet potato), and collected kōkōwai (ochre) for colouring their carvings red. This photograph of a Māori woman beside the Waikite Geyser at Whakarewarewa was taken about 1910.

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Paul Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - Economic and social change', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2021)

Story by Paul Tapsell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017