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According to ancient Maori myths the great atua Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest created the physical world by separating Rangi, the Sky Father from Papatuanuku, the Earth Mother. He clothed Rangi with stars and Papatuanuku with trees, shrubs, flowers and all manner of growing plants.

Today people from all over the world come to New Zealand to admire Tane’s creation. Thousands of awe-inspiring shots of New

Zealand nature get posted, shared and liked on Flickr, Facebook and Pinterest every day.

There’s little doubt that Tane did a good job hiding New Zealand on the other side of the globe to preserve its pristine landscape. Native New Zealand plants hold many secrets. They are unique not only in their visual appeal but by their very character and nature.


The 5 specific qualities that New Zealand native plants have made them world champions when it comes to strength, vitality and social skills.


1) Native New Zealand trees have no taproots.

Taproots are the long carrot-like roots that young trees in other forests around the world produce to anchor themselves to the earth while they are developing their main root system.

New Zealand native trees do not have taproots because the older and more established trees provide support to the young ones. The forest tamariki, children literally depend on their older neighbours for support. In turn, when the need arises, they will provide support to their young neighbours.

Native New Zealand forest is an all inclusive close-knit community where trees from different families grow together in cooperation.

Because New Zealand forest is a living demonstration of cooperation, this quality is inherent in the native trees and represents one of the 5 keys to holistic wellbeing in the 21st century.


2) New Zealand native trees hold on to their leaves.

During the process of transition from summer to winter trees in Europe and other parts of the world cover park grounds and footpaths with multi-coloured leaves.

Native New Zealand trees, with very few exceptions, do not throw off their leaves. New Zealand bush bursts with colour and vigour throughout the year.

“The eye rested on the evergreen foliage of primeval forest, wonderfully rich in the various contrast of its colours. Although the season was but early spring, winter had laid its hand so gently on all nature that it changed but little the aspect of the woods, which ever smiled, arrayed in a garment of richest verdure.” – John Logan, Poenamo

Look right, look left… New Zealand native bush looks like a complex tapestry of countless shades, tints and hues of green.

It is a rare phenomenon for trees to maintain their leaves in temperature climate forests. Because New Zealand trees are able to maintain their foliage all year round it is a sign that they contain exceptional levels of power. 

Because New Zealand trees are able to maintain their foliage all year round it is a sign that they contain exceptional levels of power. This the reason why native New Zealand plants were chosen for the creation of First Light Natural Health® products.


3) New Zealand native flowers are tiny.

A strong magnifying glass is an indispensable item of a keen botanist’s toolkit in New Zealand. Unlike other areas of the world, New Zealand has never had native nectar-gathering bees as part of its original eco-system. New Zealand has very small native bees that do not have the same nectar-gathering, honey-making focus as the honey bee or bumble bee.

Because New Zealand native flowers get pollinated by butterflies, moths, beetles and birds, they do not have to grow massive flowers to attract and compete for nectar-gathering bees.

As a consequence, New Zealand native flowers contain condensed levels of natural dynamic vigour that characterises so many of New Zealand native plants. First Light® Flower Collection© No’s 1-36 is made with these unqiue native flowers and has the vibrational qualities that help to transform 36 negative personality attitudes and bring joy. 


4) New Zealand has the largest number of white and green flowers.

While white colour makes the flowers easy for a moth to see them in the moonlight, small white and green native flowers are often overlooked by tourists and bushwalkers.

White flowers have an inherent energetic association with spiritual purity.

Green flowers have an energetic association with the higher altruistic qualities of healing and love.

Purity and healing through love are qualities encoded in the veins of New Zealand native flowers. These qualities can be accessed and transferred to a human being via the ingestion of First Light Natural Health® products. 


5) New Zealand native plants love peace.

The original New Zealand ecosystem has known no toxic warfare. The 'push and shove' for ground, water and sunshine has never existed among New Zealand plants.

In other parts of the world, plants release chemicals, known as turpenes or allelochemicals, from their roots into the soil to prevent other plants from growing near them.

Walnut tree, for example, is world famous for its ability to monopolise the land. Pine trees are notorious for dropping and scattering their needles to stops other plant species getting close.

New Zealand native bush grows like one big whanau, family making it the only bush in the world where plants from different families co-exist peacefully together.

“New Zealand’s eco-system is a completely different experiment in evolution from the rest of the world.” – T F Flannery, The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People

Over many decades of my research, I worked with many different plants from around the world and I have not been able to come across any plants that have the same qualities as native New Zealand plants.


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About the Author

Franchelle Ofsoské-Wyber is award-winning researcher in the field of plant medicine and holistic healing and founder of First Light Natural Health®. Over the 40 years of working with clients and developing tools for personal transformation, Franchelle’s work has changed the lives of thousands of people around the world.