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..

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).