AGM 2019

Date posted: 09-Sep-2019

Our Annual General Meeting was held at 7:30 pm on Monday 23rd September at the F..

More plaudits for Tiritiri Matangi

Date posted: 15-Jul-2019

Recognition of the wonderful experience visitors have when visiting the Island h..

Results of the 2019 Photo Competition

Date posted: 15-Jul-2019

The results of this year's competition have now been decided. Click here (/2019-photo-co..

Lighthouse Open Day

Date posted: 30-Apr-2019

Our historic lighthouse, signal station and diaphonic foghorn will all be on dis..

We need a new Treasurer

Date posted: 08-Apr-2019

The Supporters need a new treasurer to take over in September when Kevin Vaughan..

2019 Concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2019

OrigiNZ, the tartan taonga are returning for the 2019 concert. Click..

Tiri's three unique foghorns

Date posted: 01-Feb-2019

Our next social event will take place on Monday 18th March when Carl Hayson and ..

Young Conservation Superstars win awards!

Date posted: 27-Jan-2019

Gabriel Barbosa and teacher Kate Asher, a team leader who co..

Entries for the 2019 photo competition

Date posted: 19-Jan-2019

We are now taking entries for the 2019 photographic competition. You can enter u..

Hihi volunteer needed

Date posted: 18-Oct-2018

Would you like to volunteer with the Island's hihi team and learn from them how ..


Botanical name:  Myrsine australis
Maori name:  Mapou
Common name:  Red Matipo 
Height:  6 metres


Myrsine is a large genus of trees and shrubs with an almost worldwide distribution. The plants belong in the primrose family, Primulaceae. New Zealand has 11 endemic species. 

Mapou forms a shrub to small tree about 6m tall. It's red brachlets, reflected in the common name red matipo, and wavy leaves dotted with oil glands, are distinguishing features. Mapou is found throughout New Zealand in forest margins and scrubland. 

The trees are dioecious (separate male and female). Small cream coloured flowers appear, crowded along branchlets, from mid-summer to mid-autumn. Female trees produce small fruits which are a drupe with a single seed. They ripen to a black colour about a year following flowering. The flesh of the fruit contains two important yellow pigmented carotenoids: lutein and zeanthin. These substances provide animals with bright colouration as well as being anti-oxidants. Hihi relish ripe mapou fruit. It gives good feather colour for male birds and rich,
healthy eggs for females.

Photography by Neil Davies
© (flowers, above right) and Warren Brewer © (ripening fruit, below left).