Author(s): Rob Tipa
This book discusses traditional Maori uses of native plants of the South Island of New Zealand and traditions around them. The text describes the features and uses of each plant, listed alphabetically for quick reference. These stories of native plants of the South Island describe how Maori and Europeans grew and processed the plants, and it uncovers some surprising uses of native plants.
Written by a journalist, the book is engaging, enlightening and user-friendly and is beautiful to browse and informative about native plants.
Rob Tipa (Ngai Tahu, Ngati Kahungunu) is a freelance journalist with more than forty years' experience as a reporter and editor with metropolitan, community and farming publications. To reconnect with his Ngai Tahu heritage, he researched a series of articles on traditional uses of New Zealand native plants that were on the Ngai Tahu taonga plants list. This became a series of nearly fifty columns published in Te Karaka magazine over a period of ten years.