HARAKEKE – Māori Creativity

The significance of harakeke in Māori culture, are it’s medicinal properties and the artistic value of the beautiful harakeke leave.
Harakeke also has many medicinal uses. The sticky sap or gum that it produces was applied to boils and wounds and used for toothache. The gel which oozes from the freshly-cut stems has similar healing properties to Aloe Vera, useful in treating skin irritations such as eczema and burns.

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HARAKEKE – Let’s talk native.

The Harakeke, is a native plant and unique to New Zealand and is one of our most ancient plant species.

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Life is still lonely, at eighty-three

What will become of me
Now Mothering has passed
Am I to be shelved for later
Bought out when needed

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my god, I surmise

Stillness, Silence
the world is still asleep
early morning greets
me, deep is the connection
mindful affection

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Say it with flowers

It was during the Victorian era, where every flower began to symbolize something. It is said that because of the strict protocol of that era, feelings and thoughts were not openly expressed between men and women, leading to an elaborate “flower language” or “floriography” being developed.

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Bells of Ireland

This lovely plant is a symbol of “Good luck” and is given as gifts to someone starting a new adventure or an expectant couple. Bells of Ireland are considered the energy of the soul

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Nor whore of chastity

Not I
complacent, not I
smug, not me
Nor whore of chastity
you set me free

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