Story: Sandflies and mosquitoes

Ngaio leaves

Ngaio leaves

Māori used crushed leaves of the ngaio tree to deter mosquitoes and sandflies. The juice from the leaves was applied to bites to relieve the itchiness.

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Carl Walrond, 'Sandflies and mosquitoes - Dealing with bites', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007