|Source||Puha, near Te Karaka. From Tekani te Ua's garden.|
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.
Strips well. Good for strong kete. Chief Tupurupuru had a belt made from this harakeke, hence its name.
|Muka extraction||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||Strong but still pliable flax. Edges fray slightly, whenu rather short but suitable for kete.|
|Rene Orchiston||Katarina Tawiri||Rob Smissen||Sue Scheele|