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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

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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..

Elingamita johnsonii

Botanical name:  Elingamita johnsonii
Common name:  Elingamita
Height:  4 metres

Elingamita johnsonii close up of flowers

A spreading tree with leaves that look like a Karaka, Corynocarpus laevigatusTiny yellowish flowers appear in clusters in summer.  They are visited by small insects.  The ripe fruit is a red skinned drupe which has white flesh and a single seed.  It is said to be edible, the flesh tasting like an oily, salty apple.

In its wild state elingamita is restricted to a small area on one rocky island (West Island) and two very small rock islets (the Princes) in the Three Kings Group. 

Derivation of the botanical name

The steamship Elingamite (2585 tons) left Sydney 5-11-1902 for New Zealand, with 136 passengers and 59 crew.  On 9-11-1902, in dense fog, the Elingamite struck West Island in the Three Kings Group and sank within 20 minutes.  45 lives were lost.

Magnus Earle Johnson (1885 – 1976) was a World War I hero.  He was awarded the military cross and bar and reached the rank of captain.  He later became a major and retired from the army in 1940.

He collected specimens of elingamita in 1950.  He took his little keeler “Rosemary” on at least 8 expeditions to the Three Kings with botanists and students as crew.  His seamanship allowed the natural history of the islands and their steep offshore stacks to be thoroughly explored.  The seaweed, Sargassum johnsonii, special to the area is also named after him.  Elingamita is closely related to mapou, Myrsine australis.


Photography by Neil Davies © (leaves, top right), Warren Brewer © (flowers, bottom left and fruit, bottom right)