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Garden AdviceTraditional Maori Gardening


  1. "A Tohunga's Natural World"

    Want to learn traditional Maori gardening techniques with vegetables like kumara, Maori potatoes and New Zealand spinach. Get inspired by the book 'A Tohunga's Natural World' based on AUT Professor Paul Moon's conversations with the late Hohepa...

  2. Kumara

    The Koanga Institute has detailed how their kumara grower, Joseph Land, grows his kumara each year. Kumara growing begins in late August when the Lands plant the beds, called täpapa, for growing the kumara tupu. Tupu are rooted shoots which...

  3. Maori Potatoes

    Before the European settlement of Aotearoa around 1840, the taewa (or riwai) was a staple food crop of the Maori. Taewa is a collective noun referring to the Maori potato - a collection of varieties of Solanum tuberosum now cultivated by Maori for...