2016 Photo competition is open for entries

Date posted: 07-Feb-2016

Island visitors are invited to submit their images for our 2016 photographic competition. Cl..

Guided walks for Photographers

Date posted: 07-Feb-2016

If your interest is in wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Islan..

Nukes Aloud on Tiritiri Matangi

Date posted: 07-Feb-2016

Our 2016 musical event will take place on the 5th March. This year we are hosting the Nukes, a d..

New video from DOC

Date posted: 06-Feb-2016

Staff at the Department of Conservation have produced a stunning new video of the Island to temp..

New Help Page

Date posted: 24-Nov-2015

We have a new help page on our website where we will occasionally post requests for assistance. ..

New chairperson for the Supporters

Date posted: 24-Sep-2015

At our Annual General Meeting, held on Monday 21st September, a new chairperson and committee we..

New edition of field guide published

Date posted: 07-May-2015

Anyone interested in New Zealand birds will be delighted to hear the latest edition of H..

Tiritiri Concert on YouTube

Date posted: 27-Apr-2015

Those who enjoyed Caitlin Smith and Nigel Gavin's wonderful performance at this year's S..

New bequests initiative

Date posted: 09-Sep-2013

Watch out for coverage in the national media this week for a new campaign by 'Include a Charity ..

Film of the Kokako Week Jazz Concert

Date posted: 03-Oct-2012

Many thanks to Pieter Huisman who made this short film of the wonderful Jazz concert hel..

Kumarahou

Botanical name:  Pomaderris kumaraho
Maori name:  Kumarahou
Common name:  Golden Tainui, Gum Digger's soap
Height:  3-4 metres

Kumarohou

Kumarahou is an endemic species which occurs naturally in the upper North Island as far south as the Bay of Plenty. It is commonly called “gum diggers soap” as a slight lather can be formed when its flowers are rubbed with water. The flowers contain saponin a substance which is used in detergents and foaming agents. Another early name was poverty weed as it often grows in poor clay soils.

 

The Maori name Kumarahou is said to mean “kumara planting time” decided by when the flowers appear.  Kumarahou flowers in mid September on Tiritiri Matangi, displaying attractive soft masses of golden yellow blossom. This is followed by small seed capsules November to January.

 

Maori medicinal uses. Fresh leaves of Kumarahou were applied to wounds. Wounds were also bathed in an extract collected from boiling the leaves. 


Photography by Eve Manning
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