Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Cultivar No Source: Rene Orchiston 2
Source Source: Rene Orchiston Gisborne, East Coast. Tupurupuru was a chief of Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki and lived about 12 km inland from Gisborne.
Description Source: Rene Orchiston

Medium to tall in height, slightly bendy. Leaves dull olive green, soft, but strong. Chocolate-coloured margin and keel. 4–8 cm of brownish smudging at the tips of the young blades (Anderson, 1907, suggests "for the length of a fingerî). Tall, pointed seed pods.

Notes Source: Rene Orchiston Known as Tarariki in Taranaki District.
Uses Source: Rene Orchiston

Ordinary purposes, kete, whāriki. The long blades are suitable for whāriki if just dragged through boiling water, not boiled.

Muka extraction Source: Katarina Tawiri Medium amount of muka and para removes easily.
Raranga - unboiled Source: Katarina Tawiri Rather narrow leaves producing long whenu. Soft and pliable. Whenu are smooth and slippery. So hard to keep tension. Could be good whāriki flax.

Information sources:

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