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 (/..


Botanical name:  Kunzea ericoides
Maori name:  Kanuka
Common name:  Tea tree
Height:  15 metres

Kanuka floweringA very important colonising plant after periods of destruction, which forms a shrubby tree.

Small 5mm flowers from late spring to mid summer. The rough bark is a haven for insects.

Easily confused with Manuka whose flowers and seed capsules are larger than Kanuka.  The easiest way to tell them apart is to grasp the leaves.  The leaves of Kanuka are softer to touch than the similar looking Manuka which feel very prickly. The flowers and seed capsules are also smaller.

Rapid shade producer.

Kunzea is an Australasian genus of about 65 species of trees and shrubs. A feature of their flowers is that the stamens are usually longer than the petals.

Photography by Neil Davies © (kanuka flower - top right), Warren Brewer © (kanuka tree - bottom left)