Boiled leaves of the Puriri tree contends with common aches and pains, but also helps to soften painful sore throats and ulcers. When the leaves are steamed, the ensuing solution relieves sprained muscles and joints and soothes backache. Puriri leaves can be infused and used for bathing sore muscles, backache and sprains. The medicinal qualities of the leaves has resulted in a germicide being patented for its use.
Shades of yellow and brown can be derived from the bark to use as dye. The puriri is New Zealands strongest and hardest wood and was/is made into objects requiring long-lasting durability such as paddles, spades, handles, bridges, fencing.