Story: Coastal shoreline

Archaeological coastal gardens, Pukaroro

Archaeological coastal gardens, Pukaroro

Some of New Zealand’s first gardens date from the 14th century. Māori modified the soil by adding gravel, shell and ash, a technique that increased soil fertility and water retention. Visible in this garden complex at Pukaroro, on the south-east Wairarapa coast, are stone rows to shelter plants and storage pits for harvested kūmara (sweet potato).

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Coastal shoreline - Sand dunes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006