Mirrored image of the leaves of the New Zealand flax creating a heart. Art by Robert van der Touw © 2016. On the back of the greeting card information pertaining to the front image based on the artist’s long term research on the medicinal qualities of New Zealand’s flora and fauna. Also on the back a colourful mandala showing its natural pattern. Message on the back: New Zealand flax has great cultural significance to Maori. As well as it’s practical use for flax weaving, it serves as a symbol for family and unity.
Harakeke is the Maori name for flax. It has great significance in Maori culture for weaving and as a symbol for family and unity. The heart shape flax image symbolizes love which in Te Reo is Aroha.