The framework was of the durable totara-wood, the lining of reeds, the outside of dried rushes.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
He went up the Tamar, and at Totara slew five hundred men, and baked and ate three hundred of them.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
The totara matai were among the largest and most beautiful.
"Maori and Settler" by G. A. Henty