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..

2018 Photo Comp opens for entries

Date posted: 27-Nov-2017

The 2018 Photo Competition is now open for entries. Click here (/2018-photo-competition-tiritiri-mat..

New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..


Botanical name:  Olearia furfuracea
Maori name:  Akepiro
Common name:  Tree daisy
Height:  5 metres

Olearia - akepiro

Akepiro is found growing in scrubland and along steamsides in the upper half of the North Island. It forms a bushy small tree with leathery dark green leaves which often have toothed margins. The leaves' undersides have a dense, light brown covering of short hairs called tomentum. Flowering occurs from mid-spring to mid-summer with many flower heads composed of 5-12 small white florets. Seeds with tufts of hair are formed in late summer:they are wind dispersed.

The genus Olearia contains about 180 species which are found in Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea. New Zealand has 32 endemic species.

Olearia is the Latinised name of a German botanist. Furfuracea means bran-like or scurfy, describing the tomentum on the leaves' undersides.

Photographs: seed heads (above) by Neil Davies © and flowers (left) by Warren Brewer ©