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Entelea arborescens. Whau.

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paper mulberry name used by some settlers, corkwood, New Zealand cork tree

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A Tahitian with Nicholson's party said the tree was common in Tahiti and used for cloth manufacture (Mistaken for Broussonetia - Ed. )

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Bark and wood used as a dye ( Reed and Brett's 1874)

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Very light bark used as floats and buoys (Taylor 1855; Colenso 1868a)

Used for floats for nets, boat fenders (Kirk 1889).

Wood used for floats. Long fibres from trunk used to make "their strongest fishing lines". Ngati-Porou used seasoned whau timber to make mokihi, a raft used for coastal fishing (e.g. crayfishing). Logs pinned together with mānuka, and lashed with supplejack. When outrigger attached, craft called amatiatia (Tuta Nihoniho, in Best 1925)

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Haase 1990 suggests that fast-growing seral trees like whau may be of interest to the pulp and paper industry and for recultivation of mining sites, etc.

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Tradition on origin in Colenso 1881a.

See fable concerning whau and aute in Taylor 1855.

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Best 1925: Pieces of wood used in stick games (White quoted) Used for darts (teka). Poi occasionally made from light wood, either houama or maki (Tuta Nihoniho, Ngāti-Porou).

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28 May 2007
1 July 2020
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