Kōrero: Rock, limestone and clay

Māori words for soil

As gardeners, Māori had many terms for different types of soil. While they never fired clay to make pottery, they were well aware of it – as is clear in this list replicated from the ethnographer Elsdon Best’s book Maori agriculture. Māori also used stone to build rows and walls for gardens, and occasionally for defensive walls in their .

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Carl Walrond, 'Rock, limestone and clay - Clay', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/table/5241/maori-words-for-soil (accessed 3 December 2020)

He kōrero nā Carl Walrond, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006