New Zealand was one of the last places on earth to be reached by humans. In this short time, people have struck up a remarkable relationship with the trees; using them for medicine, food, construction, recreation, spirituality, and scientific endeavours.

Click on a plant below to learn about its role in history,  it’s interaction with people, and how it has been put to use over the years.

bush-lawyer    celery-pine     Kanuka thumb     karaka     Kawakawa.png     Kiekie 2     Kumarahou     lace.png     Lemonwood     Mahoe   manuka     Mangemange     Mapou     ngaio     nikau     Pingao      pohutukawa    Pukatea     puriri     rimu     supplejack      Taraire.png     tawa     totara     tree-fuchsia     tutu     wharangi     whau

7 thoughts on “Trees

      1. Could you please add one on Kauri? 🙂 I’ve ordered your book (before the lockdown) but the company was waiting on a new shipment so still nothing yet. I’m making a jewellery project using gum & swamp Kauri for an exhibition at the Kauri Museum soon.
        Would love to know more in addition to the Tane Mahuta legend.

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        1. Kia ora Kylie,

          Sounds interesting I will have to check out the Kauri Museum once the exhibition opens up!

          I hope to get back into writing new articles for the blog shortly, but in the mean time – check out the relationship between kauri and whales.

          In traditional whakapapa Kauri and whales are brothers, the whale leaves for a life in the sea while kauri remains on land.

          Thanks so much for ordering the book and hope you enjoy reading it 🙂


  1. tu meke !

    first light, exploration of the stars, learning of titoki and inspired to grasp ngaio as she grows right outside our door) stumbled upon this vibrant site… Nga mihi, thankyou


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