Date posted: 07-Jun-2014
The results are out! Many thanks to our judge Bruce Shanks for doing such a wonderful jo..
Date posted: 25-Nov-2013
The latest issue of the New Zealand Journal of Ecology is dedicated entirely to Tiritiri..
Date posted: 09-Sep-2013
Watch out for coverage in the national media this week for a new campaign by 'Include a Charity ..
Date posted: 27-Jan-2013
It is that time of year again, when we are looking for entries to our photographic c..
Date posted: 03-Oct-2012
Many thanks to Pieter Huisman who made this short film of the wonderful Jazz concert hel..
Date posted: 15-Aug-2012
Sadly, Greg the Takahe died on Sunday 12th August. As many Island regulars will know, Greg had b..
Date posted: 03-Aug-2012
It's Kiwi survey time again on the Island. Here are some selected highlights from a report by Ma..
Date posted: 16-Mar-2012
Yet again we are running our almost famous photo competition on the island so please get your ca..
Date posted: 27-Feb-2012
Artwork for our Kokako Week event is now being delivered to the Island by our visiting artists a..
Date posted: 15-May-2011
Kiwi Well Drillers have spent a working week on the Island drilling a new well.
They have p..
|Botanical name:||Pomaderris kumaraho|
|Common name:||Golden Tainui, Gum Digger's soap|
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 ©