Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua



Manaaki Whenua scientists have had a long collaboration with Māori weavers in research on the characteristics of weaving plants.

In 1995 experimental plantings of traditional weaving varieties of harakeke were established at 10 sites throughout New Zealand to find out what effect environmental conditions had on their growth and weaving qualities.  Samples were assessed by weavers in 2000 and 2001.

Trial progress and results were recorded in a newsletter He Kōrero Kōrari, along with broader information on harakeke and other weaving plants, especially tī (cabbage trees, Cordyline spp.)