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..


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)