Skip to content

Ngā Tipu Whakaoranga - Māori Plant Use Database

Traditional uses of New Zealand native plants by Māori

This database contains fully referenced, detailed information on how Māori used plants to survive in New Zealand, particularly before the arrival of Europeans. Material relating to later economic uses of native plants is recorded too, though generally not on timber uses and the kauri gum trade.

Fungi and seaweeds are included, and there are references to some Pacific plants, such as Pandanus, that have links to Māori culture.

Also included are pertinent references on traditional resource rights and intellectual property claims relating to plant uses by indigenous peoples.

Downloadable content and links

Key contact