Kōrero: Flax and flax working

Flax and people

Flax and people

Māori liken the flax plant to a family, with the central shoot (rito) representing the baby. The leaves protecting the rito are called the parents (awhi rito or mātua). Only the leaves on the outside of the plant, the grandparents (tūpuna), can be cut, or else the plant will be weakened.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Flax and flax working - Māori use of flax', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/diagram/10395/flax-and-people (accessed 27 September 2020)

He kōrero nā Nancy Swarbrick, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007