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RESEARCH IN FLAX.

BUSHES NEAR MAORI PA. MASSEY COLLEGE BEQUEST. (By Telegraph.—Cwa Correspondent.) HAWERA, Wednesday. Formerly the cause of the Waikato Maoris frequently raiding the Taranaki province for supplies of a fibre that is highly prized for its dist nc tive qualities of softness, combined with its length and strength a variety of flax, known as ngutunui, that is peculiai to the province, has attracted considerable attention at the Massey Agricultural College, Palmerston North. The flax is distinguishable by the length of its' dark green leaf, with a narrow edging in black or dark brown. Bushes have come under the notice of Mr. J. S. Yeates, a botanist, who has approached the Hawera borough and county councils for their co-operation 111 the matter of research. Last month Mr. Yeates wrote to the Mayor of Hawera, Mr. J. E. Campbell, asking whether, under certain conditions, the council, which controls the old Maori pa at ruruturu Mokai, would donate to the college some busfhes that were growing at the back of the pa. The only way to increase flax plants was by breaking the bushes into pieces, and doing this repeated!v until hundreds or thousands of acres could be planted. There were plants along the stream at Turuturu Mokai. They would plant about two acres that would be increased four years hence to about 80 acres. As chairman of the committee appointed by the council that controls Turuturu Mokai, the Mayor, with the approval of other members, replied to Mr. Yeates expressing liis desire to help as suggested, although it' was desired that some original bushes should remain undisturbed. Mr. Yeates replied in terms appreciative of the generous attitude of the committee. "In my opinion," he said, "the flax industry, apart from its economic side, has very strong sentimental claims on all New Zealanders, and particularly .011 those interested in Maori lore."

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RESEARCH IN FLAX., Auckland Star, Volume LXVII, Issue 167, 16 July 1936

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RESEARCH IN FLAX. Auckland Star, Volume LXVII, Issue 167, 16 July 1936

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