Story: Te ngahere – forest lore

Nīkau palms

Nīkau palms

These nīkau palms are growing alongside the Heaphy Track in the South Island. The trunks were used for house posts or walls, the fronds for roofs, and the leaves for weaving. The bowl at the base of the fronds held rainwater.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Te ngahere – forest lore - Plants for weaving', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007