Māori Plant Use

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Plant Use Details 

Nestegis lanceolata. White maire.
FAMILY: Oleaceae Olive family
BOTANICAL NAME: Nestegis lanceolata
MĀORI NAME: MAIRE, maire rauriki, maire raunui,
COMMON NAME: white maire
DESCRIPTION: In Tūhoe tradition, two sexes of maire - maire raunui (large-leaved) is the male tree. The female tree is maire rauririki (small leaved). Some traditions outlined in Best 1908.
NOTES: Two genera, Nestegis species and Mida salicifolia called Maire. Used for the same purposes. N. lanceolata and N. cunninghamii, along with pūriri, are the hardest of native timbers. The Tūhoe recognize two sexes of maire; the female tree is maire rauriki or maire-rau-ririki (Best 1908)
DOMESTIC: Used for war implements and carved walking staves Also root pounders, flax beaters, digging sticks. Sheaves, cogs, wheelwrights' work (Colenso 1869a).
Bark beaters (Best 1899).
Used to make digging stick for fernroot, the kaheru (Best 1903).
Wallace 1989 found 2 bowls, 34 fernroot beaters, 6 mauls, 4 weapons, 3 eel clubs, 10 composite spade blades, 6 ketu, 5 ko, 1 teka, 4 hoto made from maire among museum artefacts he tested.
CONSTRUCTION: Timber used for beams of storage houses (Best 1916)
ENVIRONMENT: The maire is the offspring of Te Pu-whakahara and Hine-pipi (Best 1908)

PASTIME: A preferred wood for toboggans on East Coast (Best 1925)