The ripe fruit of fuchsia, the Māori name being kōtukutuku (often shortened to kōnini) is a favourite food of kererū. Tūī, korimako (bellbirds) and kākā also love them. It’s endemic to New Zealand.
Early settlers called this tree fuchsia a ‘bucket of water’ tree because the wood was nearly impossible to burn, which would have been a frustrating thing to discover as they were trying to build a fire during those cold winter days and nights when a good fire was everything!
New Zealand fuchsia is considered the largest species of fuchsia in the world, as it can grow to 12 metres tall.
Here at Stone Arrow, we make a range of recycled sterling silver, recycled copper, paua, greenstone and recycled glass bottles into a beautiful range of jewellery. We are based in the wild region of Golden Bay, New Zealand.
We are committed to being a socially and environmentally sustainable business and are a member of the New Zealand Sustainable Business Network. We aim to minimize our footprint on the world in any way we can.
Where-ever you are around the world, if you’d like to stand tall as a Kiwi (like our fuchsia!) and wear some New Zealand inspired jewellery, check out our beautiful fuchsia inspired pieces.