Edible New Zealand Natives


Edible New Zealand Natives

To share knowledge of which New Zealand native plants are edible or medicinal, how to use them and how to cultivate them.

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Herbs and Wonders - Naturopathy consultations 2 Replies

Would like to let you know about: Low cost holistic health consultations with a final year Naturopathy studentThat would be me (or one of my classmates) :-)In our final months of 3 year degree run by…Continue

Started by Maria. Last reply by Maria Oct 10, 2013.

Preparing Karaka berries 9 Replies

I have been gathering together a variety of recipes on how to prepare Karaka recipes, to ensure the poison is out. Wondering if anyone would like to share a successful recipe???

Started by Louise Darragh-Law. Last reply by Roxy Hart Feb 9, 2013.

Recipies with Natives? 7 Replies

Has anyone got any good simple recipies using native edibles? I know that NZ Spinach can be substituted for regular spinach on pizza's or pasta's... I often crush a few horopito leaves and chuck them…Continue

Started by Jessi Nichols. Last reply by joni b Jun 25, 2012.

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Comment by Johanna Knox on October 29, 2012 at 8:12pm

Not Auckland South, but they do deliver ... Oratia Native Plant Nursery is awesome, and has Kumerahou:


I don't know how well they grow here round the Wgtn region. I haven't seen one anyway, but would love to know if anyone has successfully grown one down this way.

Comment by Steph Clout on October 29, 2012 at 7:17pm
Folks - same question from me: does anyone know where I can purchase a kumarahou tree in Auckland south / Franklin. The 2 at the community garden were killed by vandals :-(
Comment by Sam Buchanan on October 29, 2012 at 3:21pm

Not exactly 'edible' but does anybody know the location of a kumarahou tree (aka Gumdigger's Soap) in Wellington/Porirua/Kapiti?

Comment by RaVeN on April 4, 2012 at 10:47am


 I am looking for someone to interview in foraging native plants for food. Must be available in auckland to meet. Ph 09 4422513



Comment by fiona watt on March 21, 2012 at 9:33pm

Hi guys.  I am very interested in learning about edible natives and thought even though it is last minute thought you might be interested in making a submission in the Auckland council draft long term plan (against GE in AK/NZ).  It is one time when we can be heard.  Please read below and send a submission if you can.  There won't be many natives I would want to eat once GE gets a hold here.  Corn trials are already here and there are baby GE pines planted!    Thanks from Fiona.

Please make a submission for the Auckland Council Plan to protect GE-Free food production

Submissions close at 4pm on Friday 23 March.

Use the example points below to write your own submission which can be made on-line through the council website www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/longtermplan

or just email to: ltp-rltpsubmissions@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz



Subject: Submission to LTCCP Auckland City

Include your

Name/ contact address/ email

Dear Councillors

This submission to the LTCCP 2012/22 relates specifically to keeping Auckland GE-free and addressing community concerns about GMO’s.

The Plan must reflect the health, cultural, economic, and sustainability benefits to Auckland’s diverse communities of preserving local GE-Free food production and the natural environment.

I support a vision for Auckland City that is strongly committed to environmental action and green growth, and ask that The Plan include a strong precautionary GE policy.

Auckland Council should extend the outright prohibition of all GMO land use and GMO aquaculture that is already in place in the Auckland City Council District Plan “Hauraki Gulf and Islands”.

I strongly support Auckland City being a full member of the Inter Council Working Party on GMO Risk Evaluation and Management Options. Funds should be budgeted to ensure that our city can fully participate in the analysis on GMOs and work with other local authorities for the interests of residents.

The Plan should include a precautionary approach and prohibit GMO release because current legislation exposes local communities and ratepayers to unacceptable longterm risks and costs. These risks are recognised as a concern by Local Government NZ and by independent scientists monitoring current failures in regulation of GMOs.

I am concerned that officials have excluded previous submissions to The Plan asking for  Auckland Council’s protection of GE-free production for residents and businesses. Council officials have been wrong to ignore public submissions by claiming the matter is the sole jurisdiction of Central Government.

I request to be kept informed of changes to The Plan as a result of submissions on community  GMO concerns.

I would / would not  like to speak to this submission at hearings in person.







 'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered...' 

Thomas Jefferson... 1802



Comment by Polli Minnell on September 21, 2011 at 1:53am
@ Lorraine....Mingimingi, a small leaved creeping plant was used as a wash for skin complaints.
Comment by Maria on January 25, 2011 at 8:22am

Hi David,

I tried to contact you by email - but it returned undelivered.

I am new to New Zealand, studied Herbal Medicine in Glasgow for a year, and will start in 2d year of Naturopathy degree at Wellpark this February. VERY much interested in learning about Native plants. Would LOVE to know more about the workshop!
Best wishes
Comment by moggy on January 19, 2011 at 11:00pm

Can anyone tell me if this is native watercress. I found it growing in a stream nearby and thinking of popping it into the tunnel house.

Comment by David Warren on January 11, 2011 at 8:51pm

Kia Ora to all...
You are invited to explore, through this intensive, introductory two day workshop, the Indigenous Plant Medicine of Aotearoa, New Zealand.  The workshop will cover the different holistic aspects of – ‘Te Rongoa Maori’ (Traditional Maori Medicine).

This workshop is designed to help us reconnect with the very essence that is Aotearoa, NZ and to facilitate an experience with our native plants and their healing properties in a unique and practical way.

Within this workshop the trainee will be given:
- The necessary skills to correctly identify individual native plants in their natural habitats.
- Aspects of traditional protocol for the harvesting of native plants, their traditional uses, medicinal remedies and listings (traditional and modern).
- Course participants will be given listings of herbal remedies and will be shown how to prepare their own herbal remedies from native plants in a professional and safe manner.
- We will also consider spiritual values that underline Traditional Maori Medicine and other aspects of Indigenous Medicine.
----------------------------------------------------DAVID-  was born in Aotearoa, New Zealand and has studied a myriad array of natural healing modalities and philosophies in over 20 years of inquisitive research and hands on experience. These include Shamanic Philosophy and Healing Techniques, Te Rongoa Maori (Traditional Maori Herbal Medicine of Aotearoa, NZ), and Sound Healing.
He is a Practitioner of Vibrational Medicine, An Educational Facilitator and Coach, A Visionary and a Musician.
Passionate about this beautiful land and its welfare, he tutors from the heart and shares his deep understanding and practical knowledge with humor and relentless energy.

---------------------------------------------------Workshop Details: Te Rongoa Maori – Traditional Maori Medicine

Facilitator – David Warren
Dates – Feb 26th and 27th, 2011 – (9:00am – 5:00pm approx)
Venue - TSB - T.O.P.E.C. (Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits Cente), Hydro Rd, New Plymouth
Accommodation – Cabins - $10.00 per night, (Please enquire)
Investment - $200.00 / Non – Refundable Deposit - $50.00 (no later than Feb 19th)
Please note…Limited spaces available only

For Registration and for further details :

Please contact – David Warren
Phone – 027 375 9130
Email – divineessene@xtra.co.nz


Kia kaha Arohanui,
David Warren,
Workshop Facilitator

Comment by David Warren on January 11, 2011 at 8:27pm
Yes FATHEN is eatible (oxalic acid taken into consideration)...But it is  not NATIVE...It has been introduced...See MAORI HEALING AND HERBAL, Murdoch Riley, 1994...Many species that were introduced were readily used by traditional healers as they saw the similarity to native species and used them in an opportunistic way.

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