Story: Te Māori i te ohanga – Māori in the economy

Gum digging

Gum digging

Gum digging became an important occupation for many Māori, particularly in the far north. Māori worked as members of a hapū or as individuals. The involvement in gum digging was often dictated by the market. When gum prices were high Māori tended to focus on gum digging, but when they were low Māori worked on their own or others' farms.

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Basil Keane, 'Te Māori i te ohanga – Māori in the economy - Rural economy – 1870s onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/25778/gum-digging (accessed 24 November 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010