Maketu is a small town on the Bay of Plenty Coast in New Zealand. The Bay of Plenty, often abbreviated to BoP, is a region of New Zealand situated around the body of water of the same name. ...
It was the traditional landing site of the Te Arawa canoe.
Maketu is named after an ancient kumara (sweet potato) pit in Hawiki, the mythical place where, according to Māori oral tradition, the Māori sailed from. Binomial name Ipomoea batatas Linnaeus The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is a crop plant whose large, starchy, sweet-tasting tuberous roots are an important root vegetable. ... For the MÄori language, see MÄori language. ...
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