Wednesday, September 19, 2007

He aitua

It was with sadness we learned of the death of Graham Harris, a researcher who has contributed to our understanding of Maori horticulture and in particular the role of Maori potatoes. Graham was a research collaborator with the National Centre for Advanced Bioprotection Technologies at Lincoln. His last work - Te Paraiti: The 1905–1906 potato blight epidemic in New Zealand and its effects on Maori communities is a fascinating account of the potato blight that affected Ireland in the 1840s subsequently affected Maori in the early part of the 20th century. (The work can be downloaded as a PDF)

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