Kōrero: Ngā tupu mai i Hawaiki

Aute – paper mulberry

Aute – paper mulberry

The aute (paper mulberry) was introduced into New Zealand by the ancestors of Māori. It was prized in Polynesia, where the bark was beaten into tapa cloth. However, it was difficult to cultivate in New Zealand’s cooler climate, and never thrived. In New Zealand, aute was beaten into paper, which was rolled into small pieces to make earrings. It was also one of the materials used to construct manu aute (a type of kite).

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Louise Furey, 'Ngā tupu mai i Hawaiki - Mai i Hawaiki ki Aotearoa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/17490/aute-paper-mulberry (accessed 26 October 2021)

He kōrero nā Louise Furey, i tāngia i te 24 Nov 2008