Story: New Zealand species overseas

Flax on stamps

Flax on stamps

New Zealand flax was introduced to islands in the South Atlantic as a fibre crop. It became the mainstay of St Helena’s economy for about 60 years. On Tristan da Cunha it was planted as a windbreak and used for thatching the roofs of houses.

Stamp reproduced courtesy of the Tristan da Cunha Post Office

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Ross Galbreath, 'New Zealand species overseas - Early exports', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 July 2021)

Story by Ross Galbreath, published 24 Sep 2007