Harakeke - the Rene Orchiston Collection (3rd Edition)

S Scheele

Harakeke (New Zealand flax) was an essential resource for early Mâori. Over generations, weavers selected forms with the best qualities for specialised uses and cultivated them. Rene Orchiston of Gisborne spent over 30 years tracking down, documenting and maintaining in cultivation many of these traditional varieties. Her collection forms the basis of the National New Zealand Flax Collection maintained by Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research.

This booklet is a catalogue of her fine collection. Fifty harakeke varieties are  described and particular uses noted. It provides an invaluable reference to anyone interested in growing and using these special plants.

"HARAKEKE - The Rene Orchiston Collection is a Taonga -- Treasure." Diggeress Rangituatahi Te Kanawa QSO


Product information

Author: S Scheele
ISBN: 978-0-47-809373-5
Publisher: Manaaki Whenua Press
Publication date: 2005
Pages: 30
Format: Paperback