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He Aitaka a Tāne
Kānuka, a victim of mistaken identity

It is often difficult to tell the difference between some of our native plants, particularly closely related species. But, if ever there was a victim of mistaken identity, it has to be kānuka. Mention of its name in polite company often causes people’s eyes to glaze over vacantly. Most Kiwis are familiar with mānuka and assume you are either confused or your knowledge of te reo Māori is even worse than theirs.

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He Aitaka a Tāne
Silence of the beech

Beech forests are widespread over much of Aotearoa. They straddle the spine of the mountain ranges of both islands, from the volcanic plateau of Te Ika a Māui to the southern coasts and ranges of Murihiku.

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