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Rob Tipa (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu) is a freelance journalist with more than 40 years’ experience as a reporter and editor. To reconnect with his Ngāi Tahu heritage, he researched a series of articles on traditional uses of New Zealand native plants that were on the Ngāi Tahu taonga plants list. This became a series of nearly 50 columns published in Te Karaka magazine over a period of ten years, and became the book Treasures of Tane: Plants of Ngāi Tahu, published by Huia in 2018.