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Future uses of harakeke

Aim

To understand that harakeke has potential for future use.

Scientists are exploring the possibilities of using harekeke to make new plastics. Some people have made surfboards from harakeke. Maybe in the future it will be used as a textile again.

What uses do you think harakeke would have in the future?

Pia harakeke (gel found at the base of the leaf) has been used as rongoā. Scientists have been exploring the properties of pia harakeke so that future medicines might be developed. 

Click here to view activity Rongoā Levels 1 & 2

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