Aristotelia serrata. Makomako. Wineberry.
Berries eaten (especially by children) (Many informants, North and South Islands). Could also be squeezed to get a thick fluid like the tutu, which made a nice sweetish drink (Makereti 1938).
Contains tannin (Smith 1879).
Khaki dye (Wall, Cranwell 1943).
Fishing and hunting
Poles used as handles for fishing nets. Light, but liable to break. Tānekaha or mānuka preferred.(Te Rangi Hiroa 1926)
A fast growing tree. Haase (1990) suggests it could be of interest to the pulp and paper industry, or used for restoration of mining sites, etc.
Strip bark, boil an hour or so, use as bath for rheumatism (Poverty Bay Federation of Women's Institutes Cookery Calendar ; mid 1930s)
Leaves boiled with a little water, liquid used on burns, and for rheumatism. Leaves also warmed on hot coals, applied and bandaged on burns - olive oil used to remove the dried leaves (Adams 1945).
Nearly fill a billy with leaves. Add enough water to cover the leaves. Boil till the water is coloured. Use for boils and burns. Bathe the boil or burn twice a day. (P. Smith 1940).
Infusion of bark of makomako soaked in cold water for sore eyes. ( M. Withers 1941)
Leaves boiled, used as a pack for burns; infusion also applied ( M. Stevens 1941).
Related pharmacology, see Brooker, Cambie and Cooper 1987.
Best 1925: Sticks used in game called poi rākau among Ngāti Porou (Tuta Nihoniho). Poi occasionally made from light wood such as houama (whau) or mako. Saplings used for stilts.