Story: Cook Islanders

Taro and green bananas

Taro and green bananas

Early migrants in Auckland and Wellington could buy familiar foodstuffs such as taro, coconuts, kūmara, green bananas and mangoes. A lot of food also arrived directly from relatives back home. As they spent more time in New Zealand, Cook Islanders began to incorporate more European food in their diet.

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Carl Walrond, 'Cook Islanders - Settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015