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208 Pages
100 plants described
300 photos
260 x 210 x 15 mm 
$5.50 postage in New Zealand


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Plant Heritage New Zealand looks at the unique characteristics of New Zealands plants, what makes them so special. It delves into the origins and evolution of the plants, myths, stories and proverbs associated with them, and their many uses as a natural resource.

Part 1 introduces us to the nature of New Zealands extraordinary plants. Here we learn about speciation, taxonomy, growing and dispersal patterns, and what exactly makes a plant a New Zealand plant? How have plants grown and adapted in New Zealands very distinctive climate?

Part 2, the main section of the book, presents a selection of trees, shrubs and flowers, their classification, names, botanical description, traditional and modern uses, cultural heritage and significance to Maori.
  • The stunning photography highlights the beauty of the plants, as well as helping with identification.
  • Plant Heritage New Zealand has over 300  photographs.
  • 110 New Zealand plants are described by height, leaf shape and size, flowering pattern, fruit type and ecological distribution.
  • There are 60 whakatauki or sayings/ metaphors pertaining to the plants, which demonstate many of the cultural qualities New Zealanders have evoked surrounding the plants. 
  • It is an ideal book for the school library to support student projects or at home as a reference.
  • Travellers or tourists to New Zealand will find the book useful in making sense of New Zealand's intriguing flora.


Curriculum overview for teachers

Plant Heritage New Zealand covers many aspects of the New Zealand curriculum and is presented in an integrated or holistic approach. It is suited to content many students study in years 7-12. The book is attractive and well designed with over 300 photos that enthuse students about New Zealand nature.

Areas of the living world strand that the book is ideally suited to include:

·     Relate key structural features and functions to the life processes of plants, and investigate environmental factors that affect these processes.

·     Investigate the impact of natural events and human actions on aNew Zealand ecosystem.

·     Identify the key structural features and functions involved in the life processes of plants.

·     Explore how the groups of living things we have in the world have changed over long periods of time and appreciate that some living things in New Zealand are quite different from living things in other areas of the world.


For senior secondary students Plant Heritage New Zealand is an ideal resource for bush field trips and aids in plant identification.

The book covers key content of the Achievement standard AS 90722

"Discuss the factors and processes involved in the evolution of New Zealand s plants and animals".


The book also presents the science concepts of botany and ecology in a student centred way, by surrounding the plants with interesting and uniquely New Zealand stories. Feedback from teachers of Maori has been positive as  over 60 pepeha and whakatauki pertaining to New Zealand native plants are explained and translated to show a maori cultural uheritage of native plants. The section "Te whakapapa o nga rakau". is an account of the creation of plants by Tanemahuta mating with varoius named female personifications.



Ka Pai 
by Martin Lang
This book is terrific! A botanical reference book with beautiful photography. I loved reading this book on the iPad as the ease in which you can scroll through the book made my experience so enjoyable. This book has so much interesting information that I found my knowledge in botany and also New Zealand's cultural heritage, (particular the Maori people) increasing the more and more i read. A must for anyone with interest in New Zealand's unique and intriguing flora.
Plant Heritage NZ  by Annie List
Excellent book exceptional photography - highly recommended :)
The must have guide to NZ plants and their unique history 
by Foster2004
Great reference to New Zealand's unique flora, full of quality information and photographs.
Good Learning 
by Gary Smith
An authentic and lively description of New Zealand's native plants. Good photo's, insightful linkages to the history of New Zealand and commentary on the relationship between the Maori and the interesting and at times awe inspiring native plants.
Title   Plant Heritage New Zealand Te Whakapapa O Nga Rakau Interpreting The Special Features Of Native Plants 
Author  Tony Foster
ISBN   978-0-473-21912-3
Publisher   Bushmansfriend Ltd
Edition   2/2012 
Format Paperback, 208 pages
Size  260 x 210 x 15 mm
Publication Date   27 October 2008 ; 20 August 2012

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