These three rua kūmara (kūmara storage pits) were still in use when this photo was taken in 1930. They were dug into the side of earth banks at Ruatāhuna, Urewera, with wooden doorways and reinforcing added. When placing kūmara in the pit, great care was taken not break the skins, to avoid decay. The rua kūmara then preserved the crop, and offered protection against pests and thieves.
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