This work by Brian Flintoff shows Waitaha ancestor Rākaihautū digging out the lakes of the South Island with his kō (digging stick). The ancestors of Māori found that it was difficult to grow tropical crops in New Zealand. However, the story of Rākaihautū reflects the importance of crop cultivation to Māori.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Mixed media by Brian Flintoff
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