Story: Ngā tupu mai i Hawaiki – plants from Polynesia

Bringing plants to New Zealand

When the ancestors of Māori first arrived in New Zealand they brought with them a number of plants on their waka (canoes), as shown in this re-enactment.

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Louise Furey, 'Ngā tupu mai i Hawaiki – plants from Polynesia - From Polynesia to New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 August 2022)

Story by Louise Furey, published 24 Nov 2008