One of the reasons given for New Zealand settlers' longer life expectancy was that they had a better diet than their British peers. A temperate climate allowed people to grow their own fresh fruit and vegetables year round in most parts of the country. Here Thomas Potter Lister and his family pose for a photograph in the well-tended vegetable garden in front of their Taranaki cottage, about 1874.
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