Kawakawa is known as the “Pharmacy of the Forest”. The small tree, with distinctive heart shaped leaves, is a significant and sacred plant to Maori. Among its many healing properties, it is reputed to soothe insect bites and stings, skin rashes, poor circulation, bruises, wounds, burns, aches and pains.
Made with: Maceration of Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) leaves in Sunflower oil and Beeswax.
Our original postcard design portrayed the Kawakawa toilets. We have since updated the postcard to show the Kawakawa plant, although the tin still retains a glimpse of the toilets which were designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser who lived in Waikare Inlet, east of Kawakawa from 1975 until his death in 2000. In 1998 the Kawakawa toilets were upgraded as a community project, with Hundertwasser involved in not only the design, but much of the construction. Common themes in his work include bright colours and organic shapes embracing curves, spirals, and textured surfaces. He strove to create works in harmony with nature and was a passionate environmentalist. Hundertwasser also designed “The Grass Hut” which is as full of colour and interest inside, as it is on the outside.