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..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

New Zealand Bignonia

Botanical name:  Tecomanthe speciosa
Common name:  New Zealand Bignonia

Tecomanthe speciosa

Tecomanthe is a genus of 20 species occurring in Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand. All are vines.

The single N.Z. species was discovered on Great Island in the Three Kings Group in 1945.

Only one plant was found, feral goats probably removed all other examples. The goats were eradicated in 1946, probably saving the vine from extinction.

Lush, cream coloured tubular flowers appear in June/July. These emerge directly from the stem of the vine in large clusters, spaced at irregular intervals. 

They are followed by fat green pods which mature February to May the following year. When mature they split into two, revealing many flattened winged seeds.


Photography by Neil Davies
© (leaves, top right) and Warren Brewer © (flowers, bottom left and seed pods, bottom right).