Dimensions: Because of its dotted existence, it is cut mostly on portable mills as they come across it and their size capacity is 200x50
Appearance: The dry heartwood of Matai is straw yellow to chestnut yellow, with an occasional reddish tinge. On exposure to air it darkens to a deep red-brown. The sapwood is white. It is a straight-grained timber with a fine, even texture.
Uses: Flooring and joinery
Tips: When freshly sawn, Matai gives off a smell “somewhat like fresh stable manure”. Heartwood is harder than Kauri and more dimensionally stable than any of other native softwoods.