Monday, December 2, 2013

(New Zealand) Kauri Trees

When I was in New Zealand my mom made me do a report on Kauri trees. So, I did and I think it came out pretty well. I also went to see the largest kauri tree in New Zealand. Here is the report I wrote.
Paragraph on Kauri Trees
Kauri trees are New Zealand's largest trees. When cut open you can see rich looking wood. The ancestors of the first kauri appeared 190-135 million years ago. The largest tree that is still alive is named "Tane Mahuta". The oldest tree alive in New Zealand is named "Te Matua Ngahere", estimated to be 2,000 years old. Wood from the Kauri tree is one of the best in the world because it is used from many purposes. For example:  Ships, houses, and furniture. Scientist found some trees that were up to 50,000 years old buried deep in the ground. Also, in a museum they have a Australian Kauri tree that is 30,000 million years old. Kauri gum is what comes out of the tree as a liquid when cut to protect itself from diseases or other things that could damage the tree. When healed the gum would harden and fall off. After thousands of years the gum turns in to what we know as amber . Many gum diggers look for it in the ground. Even before the European got to New Zealand, the Mari, New Zealand people, used it for cooking, lighting fires, and even as chewing gum. Kauri have been around since historical times and are interesting trees.
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 This is Mom and me in front of a large Kauri tree trunk.
These are the four sisters. They some how came together and are now one tree in fours.


  1. I remember the Kauri Trees. When we were in New Zealand we were impressed by their size and age. You are certainly learning a lot about many things in your travels. Good for you. Love, Bubie.

  2. Thanks for sharing pics and info about these trees. Almost all of my artwork is about trees, real and imagined. Are their any old folk tales about these huge trees?
    Tzvia (second cousin)