Puriri was widely used by us Maori in pre-European times. The wood made weapons and implements and leaves a decoction drunk for sore throats or used for bathing sprains, backache, and ulcers.
European uses are also quite variable, ranging from structural timbers such as piles, sleepers, and bridges to decorative furniture and wood-turning.
Puriri is relatively scarce, possibly due to it normally growing best on high quality and often volcanic soils. These would have been among the first areas cleared for farming by both us Maori and Europeans.