This illustration of Māori gardens at Anaura Bay on the East Coast is a modern re-creation of the scene. However it is based on the observations of James Cook and his fellow explorers. Their views influenced the idea that Māori were efficient agriculturalists and therefore very good candidates for conversion and civilisation. Missionaries were among the early European settlers who believed that Māori were, like Europeans, descended from Adam and Eve, and therefore highly capable of advancing quickly in the arts of European civilisation.
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Reference: Helen Leach, 1,000 years of gardening in New Zealand. Wellington: Reed Publishing, 1984, p. 65
Drawing by Nancy Tichborne
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