Rongoā Rakau - Plant Remedies

Tī Ani is a small tea shop based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Focused on teas for health and wellbeing, in particular Rongoā Rakau. We harvest upholding Tikanga Māori ensuring respect and sustainability. Our harvesting and drying is in Te Waipounamu (South Island of Aotearoa). We will sometimes pick with whanau in the Bay of Plenty to harvest plants we are unable to grow here in the south. For our international teas, all are organic and follow strict policies to ensure you receive ethical teas.

All teas are harvested from the wild or certified organic.

Why drink tea

People have been drinking tea all of the world for centuries. Plants have benefits that can boost your immune system, increase energy, reduce inflammation and so much more. Some teas provide more benefits than others but there is plenty of evidence that shows drinking tea is good for your overall health. With this comes caution, some teas use artificial flavours or added sugar. Some teas can become detrimental to your health if consumed longer than suggested. Always read the warnings and listen to what your body is telling you. If in doubt contact us.

About

My first memory with tea was in our family farm shed, late 70's, I would have been about 5 years old. My parents owned a hop farm in Upper Moutere and employed 20 or so people each harvest season. My job was to help my mother make the cuppa tea for staff. The loose tea arrived in Choysa branded wooden boxes, lids nailed down. (These boxes were always reused, at one stage in my life, 80's and 90's, I stored my tape collections in them but mostly they were used as toolboxes for nuts and bolts on the farm).

When opening the box for the first time, little did I know this would be an everlasting fond memory. Being the first to get a whiff of the sweet Earl Grey was exciting. I'd scoop the tea into the large metal teapots then my mother would pour hot water from the urns into them, we'd let it sit. We’d set all of the different shaped teacups on the Formica tables and pour tea for all of the workers.  It was a pleasant experience and I enjoyed watching the workers choose their cup.