Story: Northland region

Sorting kūmara

Sorting kūmara

Growing kūmara (sweet potato) was a traditional activity that some northern Māori turned into a trade, selling the vegetable to European settlers who had not yet established their own crops. Here, two women of Awanui, Ngāwini Hetaraka (left) and Ngāhuia Hetaraka, sort the crop and pack it into kete (flax kits).

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Claudia Orange, 'Northland region - Māori society: 1840–1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7601/sorting-kumara (accessed 24 April 2019)

Story by Claudia Orange, updated 4 May 2015