With the beginning of the colonization of New Zealand by European settlers, the stock of Kauri forests was greatly decimated. The trees were well suited for shipbuilding because of the high knot shape and their firmness. In addition, the wood was used for the construction of houses, for furniture and wall paneling, fences, as timber, for barrels, vats and basins, railway sleepers, supports in mining, carving and turning and other purposes.
The rhizome and the crown of the tree provide a beautifully grained wood that was used for furniture and wainscoting.
Today, the New Zealand Kauri tree is under conservation and may only be felled for ritual purposes by the Māori.
Nevertheless, you can buy today products from Kauri wood. These are from so-called marsh-Kauri. The former swampy subsoil has preserved sunken cowries for up to 50,000 years. These are dug up again and processed. Objects made of this wood are exclusive and expensive … “