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Gudgeon W. E. 1893. Maori tradition as to the kumara (Convolvulus Batatus). Journal of the Polynesian Society 2: 99-102

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Gives an account of the Ngātiawa (Bay of Plenty) tradition regarding the introduction of kūmara. (Story of Hoake and Taukata and the chief Toi). Also an account of the Ngāti Porou (East Cape) tradition. In that story, Kahukura and Rongoiamo are the 2 visitors. The food which with they are presented - ponga, tī and aruhe - they regard as little better than wood. They too travel back to Hawaiki for the kūmara after the chief Toi samples the kao (dried kūmara) which they carry.

In a footnote, the editors of the Journal list names of known kūmara varieties, in the hope that other members will add to them: Whakakumu, Waniwani, Kaoto, Kaihaka, Taurapunga, Kanawa, Kaipo, Maomao, Kotepo, Toroamahoe, Korehe, Tukau and Waīna ("the latter introduced early in this century")

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Maori tradition as to the kumara (Convolvulus batatus).

Gudgeon W. E.
Journal of the Polynesian Society

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12 June 2007
7 July 2020
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