The land between Oamaru and Kakanui, on the seaward side of the main highway, has been a vegetable growing area for over 100 years.
Mainly but not exclusively owned and worked by second generation Cantonese Chinese families from the Kaiping and Toisan area (See Yip clans)this area of dark brown volcanic soil known locally as Tar Soil has produced green vegetables and potatoes for local and national markets.
Patterns of vegetable growing have altered radically since the middle of the 1900s and not as much land is now under cultivation as was previously, and the number of families involved in the enterprise has diminished.
Still enough Chinese families live and work in the area to support a reasonably vibrant branch of the New Zealand Chinese Association and the local school Totara Primary School, is visibly proud of the Chinese heritage of lots of its past and present pupils.
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Photo taken in Kakanui, New Zealand
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