New Zealand Flax, known by the Māori names Harakeke. Flax bushes will often support a large community of animals, providing shelter and an abundant food resource.
Although the Māori made textiles from a number of other plants, the use of harakeke and wharariki was predominant.
For centuries, Māori have used Harakeke for medicinal purposes, as a mild anaesthetic, poultice for boils, tumours, as well as to varicose ulcers. It also use as disinfectant and abscesses, relieve constipation, expel worms. The gum-like sap produced by Harakeke contains enzymes that give it blood clotting and antiseptic qualities to help healing processes.
The Kea is the world’s only alpine parrot, a large species of parrot found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. Kea are known for their intelligence and curiosity. It called “the clown of the mountains”, it will investigate backpacks, boots or even cars, often causing damage or flying off with smaller items. Kea can solve logical puzzles, such as pushing and pulling things in a certain order to get to food, and will work together to achieve a certain objective. this is vital to their survival in a harsh mountain environment.