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..

Cottonwood - Tauhinu

Botanical name:  Ozothamnus leptophyllus
Maori name:  Tauhinu
Common name:  Cottonwood
Height:  5 metres

Tauhinu - foliageOzothamnus is a genus of about 60 species of shrubs and small trees which are found in Australia,N.Z. and New Caledonia. The majority of species are found in Australia ,with N.Z. having two endemic species. The genus belongs in the daisy family, Asteraceae. Tauhinu can form a large shrub up to 5m.tall with a heath-like appearance. It has small leathery, narrow leaves and is often found in coastal dunes and scrubland. Flowering occurs from November to February. The flowers appear at the tips of branches as a dull white body of papery scales in tight clusters. The seeds that form are covered in fuzz and are wind dispersed.

‘Ozothamnus’ means ‘smelly shrub’. ‘Leptophyllus’ means  ‘slender leaved’.

Tauhinu flowers


Photography by Neil Davies © (foliage, top right; seed heads, above left) and Warren Brewer © (flowers, left and fluffy seeds, above right).