Story: Oneone – soils

Kōkōwai rock

Kōkōwai rock

This rock, found in the South Island, contains kōkōwai, a red ochre which was ground to a powder then mixed with shark oil to form a paint.

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Oneone – soils - Uses of soil', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/19113/kokowai-rock (accessed 19 September 2021)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Nov 2008