Kōrero: Ngā heke i te Wai Nui

‘Taputini’ – he momo kūmara

‘Taputini’ – he momo kūmara

He rereke ngā kūmara nui te hanga ka kitea i ngā toa hoko kai o nāianei, ki ngā kūmara pakupaku i kawea mai e ngā tāngata tuatahi ki tēnei pito o te ao. Ko te kūmara te tipu kaha rawa o ngā tipu i kawea e ngā kaumoana – i makuru tana tipu ki ngā wāhi o te raki, ki ngā wāhi e tata ana ki te moana. Hāunga, kāore i kaha tana tipu ki te puku o Te Ika a Māui me Te Wai Pounamu. I ahu mai te kūmara i te Tonga o Amerika, ka tae ki ngā Kuki Airani i te tau 1000 AD. Ko te whakamārama whai kiko rawa atu mō te taenga mai o te kūmara ki konei, nā ngā kaumoana i tiki i Amerika, ka whakahoki mai.

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Geoff Irwin, 'Ngā heke i te Wai Nui - Ngā kaumoana tuatahi o te ao', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/1763/taputini-he-momo-kumara (accessed 20 October 2019)

Story by Geoff Irwin, published 8 Feb 2005, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2017