Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Cabbage tree kete

Cabbage tree kete

The cabbage tree was an important fibre plant for early Māori. They used the leaves to weave food carrying baskets or kete, shown here, as well as mats, rain capes and sandals.

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Joanna Orwin, 'Shrubs and small trees of the forest - Cabbage trees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13832/cabbage-tree-kete (accessed 6 April 2020)

Story by Joanna Orwin, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015