Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Māori fire-making kit

Māori fire-making kit

Māhoe wood was used by Māori for fire-making. By rubbing a pointed stick of kaikōmako rapidly in a grooved piece of soft māhoe wood, they could heat the māhoe to ignition point. A fine fluff of dry moss, wood dust or beaten flax was placed in the groove and when that was alight, larger dry material such as raupō (shown bound up in a pile) was placed over the flame.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Oil on canvas by Gottfried Lindauer

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Joanna Orwin, 'Shrubs and small trees of the forest - Lookalike subcanopy trees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/13793/maori-fire-making-kit (accessed 28 April 2017)

Story by Joanna Orwin, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015