Story: Agricultural education

Māori canoes at Auckland’s wharf

Māori canoes at Auckland’s wharf

Māori were skilled horticulturalists before the arrival of Europeans, but had a limited range of crops. They quickly adopted plants brought by missionaries and settlers, and by the late 1840s were growing them on a commercial scale. This 1852 painting shows canoes from the Bay of Plenty transporting cereals, vegetables, fruit and livestock to trade in the growing town of Auckland.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-078-012
Watercolour by W. S. Hatton

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Robert Peden, 'Agricultural education - Early agricultural education', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 October 2021)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008