March 27, 2010
This interesting bookmark from Rotorua, New Zealand, is made of rimu wood (rimu is a large evergreen coniferous tree endemic to the forests of New Zealand, formerly known as “red pine”)
‘Kia Ora‘ is the Maori word for ‘Hello’ (The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand)
The little Kiwi bird on the bookmark is made of paua shell:
Paua, or pāua, is the Māori name given to three species of large edible sea snails, known in the USA as abalone, and in the UK as ormer shells.