New Zealand's Tallest Kauri Tree
Waipoua Forest, Northland
The Maori used Kauri gum as a chewing gum and for lighting fires, and it was also used as a tattoo pigment. The Europeans collected Kauri gum from above ground and then later dug it up from below ground as well.
Men could make a living just from gum digging. The gum was shipped overseas to be incorporated into lacquers, varnishes and linoleum. Eventually the trade died off as synthetic substitutes were created in the 1930s.
Kauri Snails are a giant carniverous land snail. Called pupurangi by the Maori, the kauri snail pictured is found in Northland but with close relatives in parts of Australia.
There is actually no relationship between the snail and the Kauri tree, as the ground around the base of a Kauri tree is usually too dry to be home for the worms the kauri snail feeds on.
Kauri snail eggs are white, oval, and about 1/2" long. They are deposited in nests in the leaf mould that makes up the forest floor.