Did you know that kōwhai bark was used to heal a leg injury sustained by the great All Black George Nepia? Or puha is not only good with pork bones but can be used to cure warts? And those pesky piripiri (bidibid) that stick to your socks? Our tipuna used them to treat kidney and bladder problems, as well as skin diseases!

Introducing Tihei Taiao a new series that focuses on different tipu in our taiao. We’ll explore what our tipuna used them for, their kai or Rongoa uses and how to identify them. Our 3 kaitiaki sharing their taiao knowledge are Riki Bennett, Graeme Atkins and Tame Malcolm.

Episode 27: Kahikatea

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Episode 2: Karamu

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Episode 3: Kaikomako

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Episode 6: Raurekau

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Episode 7: Rangiora

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Episode 9: Mahoe

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Episode 10: Tarata

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Episode 11: Piripiri

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Episode 12: Patē

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Episode 13: Rimu

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Episode 14: Poroporo

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Episode 15: Karaka

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Episode 16: Tutu

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Episode 17: Whau

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Episode 18: Horoeka

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Episode 19: Mānuka

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Episode 20: Puawananga

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Episode 21: Mapou

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Episode 22: Horopito

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Episode 23: Pingao

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Episode 24: Mingimingi

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Episode 25: Tātarāmoa

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Episode 26: Ngutu kākā

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Episode 27: Kahikatea

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