The kō was the main tool Māori used for digging. The 2–3-metre-long pole was made of strong and durable wood. One end was shaped into a narrow blade, and a footrest was lashed to the shaft. Kō were used for loosening soil and shaping the ground into mounds for planting tubers.
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