Hihi volunteer needed

Date posted: 18-Oct-2018

Would you like to volunteer with the Island's hihi team and learn from them how ..

2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Winners of kokako photo competition

Date posted: 02-Sep-2018

The stunning winning photographs from those submitted to the competition as part..

Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018


Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KĊŒKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

New monitoring reports published

Date posted: 19-Jul-2018

Reports on monitoring studies carried out over the past year have now been poste..

2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..


Botanical name:  Dodonaea viscosa
Maori name:  Akeake
Height:  7 metres

Akeake is a shrub or small tree found in coastal and lowland forest and scrubland throughout the North Island and to the middle of the South Island.


Genus Dodonaea contains about 70 species and is widespread in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions, including Australia and New Zealand.  It is most strongly represented in Australia which has about 60 species.

Akeake is probably unique amongst our native flowering trees by having a cosmopolitan distribution in Africa, America, Southern Asia and the Pacific.  Elsewhere akeake is known as hopseed, aalii (Hawaii) and sticky hopbush (Australia).

AkeakeAkeake has separate male and female plants.  Their flowers do not have petals.  As each male flower opens 8 – 10 stamens uncoil and spread outwards.  Female flowers have a furry ovary topped by 2 – 3 conspicuous elongated stigmas.  Mature fruit from female trees becomes a 2 – 3 winged capsule.

Flowering occurs through spring to midsummer, fruiting from late spring to early autumn.

Akeake means everlasting, describing the durability of its timber which Maori used to make war clubs and other fighting weapons.  Akeake belongs in the soapberry family (Sapindaceae) which also includes the fruit tree lychee.

Photography by Warren Brewer © (top right, female with winged seed cap) Peter Craw © (bottom left, male pannicle)