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Rob Tipa in amongst his forest giants that he planted 20 years ago at Broad Bay.
Photo by Izumi Uchida Schmidt

Rob Tipa & 'Treasures of Tane'

Wild Dunedin —

If you love walking in a native forest but don’t know just what plant is what, this book will change your whole experience. Journalist Rob Tipa’s beautiful book 'Treasures of Tane' explores not only biology but the unknown stories and the uses of these native plants.

Local native plant history, character, science, beauty and  their relationship with people is uncovered in an accessible reader-friendly style.  You feel that you are gaining  an “up close and personal” understanding of them.

Some of these discoveries of uses  came from the experiences of southern Maori, Ngai Tahu, like how the soot of the heartwood of Kahikatea was made into the blue dye for the Ta Moko (tattoo). Other stories came from early settlers’ encounters with the plants, or recent scientific research. 

Being Ngai Tahu himself, he is happy that he could dig up and “recycle” the forgotten stories back to the modern world. His property in Broad Bay is full of native  plants he planted over 20 years - even young giants like Kahikatea, Miro, Matai, Rata, Pohutukawa, and Beech are there. All the tradition and history are living in his own forest.