Story: Maramataka – the lunar calendar

Potato harvest

Potato harvest

Taewa (potatoes) were planted by researchers at Massey University according to the Māori calendar. These varieties of potato were introduced by early European explorers and enthusiastically adopted by Māori. Certain varieties became so closely associated with particular tribes that the vegetables became known as Māori potatoes.

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Paul Meredith, 'Maramataka – the lunar calendar - Planting and fishing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 12 Jun 2006