Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Te Tatua

Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 34
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Puha, near Te Karaka. From Tekani te Ua's garden.
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

Name means The Belt. Short, straight, strong, pointed medium green blades. Bright reddish-orange keel and margins. Plenty of very tall kōrari with short flower heads.

Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

Strips well. Good for strong kete. Chief Tupurupuru had a belt made from this harakeke, hence its name.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri Muka extracts cleanly, para removes fairly well. Although there is a large amount of fibre in the leaf, only a medium amount can be extracted.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Strong but still pliable flax. Edges fray slightly, whenu rather short but suitable for kete.

Information sources:

Source: Rene Orchiston Rene Orchiston Source: Katarina Tawiri Katarina Tawiri Source: Rob Smissen Rob Smissen Source: Sue Scheele Sue Scheele