Traditionally Māori used the flexible kōwhai branches as a construction material in their houses and to snare birds. The kōwhai flowers were a source of yellow dye.
They also used the kōwhai tree as medicine. The bark was heated and processed into a poultice to treat wounds, or rubbed on a sore back, or made into an infusion to treat bruising or muscular pains. Kōwhai was also said to be food for healing the wounds of seal bites. Kōwhai trees are highly prized by Māori.
The kōwhai flower has been used on our postage stamps and on our old two cent coin.
We supply a great range of kōwhai inspired jewellery. We make it using recycled sterling silver, recycled copper, paua, greenstone and recycled glass bottles.
We are a socially and environmentally sustainable business and walk our talk as a member of the New Zealand Sustainable Business Network. We work hard to walk our talk and minimize our footprint on the world.
If you’d like to take this iconic New Zealand flower with you ever you go, check out our kōwhai inspired range. Where ever in the world you’re based, we can get it to you.