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:  Parsonsia heterophylla
Maori name:  Kaihua
Common name:  Native Jasmine
Height:  10 metres

Maori Jasmine - foliage

The genus Parsonsia contains about 40 species, found from tropical Asia to Australia and New Zealand. In New Zealand we have three endemic species. 

Kaihua (Parsonsia heterophylla) forms a soft wooded, twining, branching vine up to 10m high. It is widespread in New Zealand's coastal and lowland forests. The leaves of this vine have a diverse form, both on the same and on different plants, expressing the species name heterophylla (varied leaves). 'Parsonsia' honours James Parsons, an 18th century English physician,,natural historian and gifted amateur artist. 

Flowering occurs through spring and summer, with the small white fragrant blossoms appearing in great profusion. 

Maori Jasmine - flowers

The fruit, which forms through summer and autumn, is a long thin green pod. When ripe the pods open to release tufted seeds which are wind dispersed. Kaihua is in the same family as the familiar introduced plants, periwinkle, swan plant and moth plant. True jasmine, Jasminum species, belongs in the olive family, Oleaceae.

Photography by Neil Davies ©