Kiekie harvested from Zealandia

Experience a special harvest of Kiekie in the first of our Matangireia mini-documentary series. 

Our narrated mini-documentary walks you gently into Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne, on board their little electric powered boat, and across the smooth waters of the lake for the on-water harvest of Kiekie. We then land you back onto the lush green heritage lawn where many hands are put to work to prepare the Kiekie.

The cascade of Kiekie growing at the Zealandia ecosanctuary is in pristine condition as you will see. This harvest is possible only because of a remarkable collaboration between Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. It provides an essential resource for a special conservation project. 

Jim Schuster talks while holding kiekie leaves.
Weaving expert Jim Schuster. Photo: HNZPTexpand/collapse

We have previously written and posted about this conservation project, which is nearing completion in Matangireia, the former Native Affairs Committee room at parliament. Kiekie is a fibrous plant required for the conservation work.

We bring you a window into the activities of a gathering of people involved in the mahi around the harvest. 

Kiekie leaves boiling in a pot.
Kiekie boiling. Photo: HNZPTexpand/collapse

The making of this mini documentary involved weaving expert Jim Schuster who led Zealandia staff, weavers and our staff through the harvesting and preparation process. A portion of the prepared Kiekie was gifted to the weavers of Te Rōpu o Manaia, and a portion is being used to repair the tukutuku panels in Matangireia.

We are grateful for the support of Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne and to all who were involved. We hope you enjoy watching.

Niki Partsch