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:  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)