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The first Maori immigrants, who came from much warmer climes, were forced to adapt their horticultural methods quickly in order to survive. Kumara, in particular, required a long, warm...Read more about "Maori horticultural skills and their soils"...
Maori and Whaling
Ancient archaeological finds in Te Tau Ihu include whale tooth pendants, whalebone amulets and other adornments, and simulated whale teeth made from local serpentine. It is not clear whether...Read more about "Maori and Whaling"...
What’s in a name – Wakatu or Whakatu?
Many Maori names of localities and landscape features are no longer known, and where they have been preserved, the reason for the name may have disappeared in the...Read more about "What’s in a name – Wakatu or Whakatu?"...
Myths and Legends
The myths and legends of Te Tau Ihu tell of significant events in the history of the region. Some are Polynesia-wide legends, including creation myths, adapted to local landscapes;...Read more about "Myths and Legends of Te Tau Ihu"...
The lime and marble of Takaka Hill
Takaka Hill divides Nelson and Golden Bay. Its steep, twisting road reveals the ancient craggy lime and marble formations and caving system that give the hill its popular name,...Read more about "The lime and marble of Takaka Hill"...
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