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..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

Stop Press: Extra Dawn Chorus trip now scheduled for Thursday 27th October 2016. ..

2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..

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).