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Maori used a small raised structure called a pataka to store dried and preserved food. The foods, sometimes salted, dried or smoked to preserve them, were usually placed in gourds. Chiefs also stored their heirlooms such as jade (pounamu) pendants, weapons, adzes for canoe building, etc., in a pataka.

Pataka were placed high on stilts to keep animals away from the vegetables, including sweet potato, taro, tapioca and the "Maori potato" known for its distinctive purple flesh. Maoris ate "bread" harvested from the core of the tree fern; and before the arrival of Europeans, they also ate a certain type of dog and the giant moa bird, which is now extinct. Other foods included fish, shellfish, chicken and birds.

This is found in Te Parapara Maori Garden inside Hamilton Garden

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