For me, nikau palms are an essential NZ (aka “Middle Earth” from the Lord Of The Rings films)—& NZ West Coast—image.
So much so, that they characterize my poem, Songs From The Sea:
“Songs from the sea sighing
in beneath the spindrift to the land’s
curve, lying long beneath green bush
where the nikau palms stand sentinel
all along that shining margin
between sea and land…”