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..


Botanical name:  Eleocarpus dentatus
Maori name:  Hinau
Height:  18 metres

Hinau foliage

A tree which occurs all over N.Z. in lowland forest. The leaves have a narrow leafed juvenile stage.

Delicate white flowers are found mid spring to summer.  Purple black fruits mid summer to autumn.
Long term canopy tree.

Maori used the fruit for food. Ripe, fallen fruit was collected and soaked in a wooden trough. The pulp that formed was then rubbed between the hands and skins, seeds and stalks were strained out. The remaining meal was then shaped into a cake and baked in an earth oven.

A blue-black dye was obtained from the bark.
Long term canopy tree.

Photography by Neil Davies ©