Story: Te mahi kai – food production economics

Māori harvesting seasons

The traditional food economy was based around the different seasons, as shown by this chart. Māori needed a complex understanding of the natural world to maximise harvesting.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Raymond Firth, Economics of the New Zealand Maori. Wellington: Government Printer, 1972, p. 72–75

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How to cite this page:

Manuka Henare, 'Te mahi kai – food production economics - Calendar of work', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/20264/maori-harvesting-seasons (accessed 25 May 2020)

Story by Manuka Henare, published 24 Nov 2008