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..

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).