Story: Maramataka – the lunar calendar

‘Digging with the ko’ (1st of 2)

‘Digging with the ko’

Rākau-nui, the night of the full moon, was considered a good time to plant kūmara (sweet potato). In this 1907 painting by Gottfried Lindauer, men are digging using kō.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Oil painting by Gottfried Lindauer

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Paul Meredith, 'Maramataka – the lunar calendar - Nights of the month', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/5393/digging-with-the-ko (accessed 1 April 2020)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 12 Jun 2006