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..

Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

Stop Press: Extra Dawn Chorus trip now scheduled for Thursday 27th October 2016. ..

2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..

Pate, Patete

Botanical name:  Schefflera digtata
Maori name:  Pate, Patete
Height:  8 metres


Pate foliageA small spreading tree which favours damp situations throughout New Zealand. Adult trees have 7 – 10 thin textured leaflets on a long stalk.

Clusters of small greenish-yellow flowers are produced in late summer and early autumn. Black berries develop in the following few months.

Along with mahoe, Maori favoured pate as a softwood for fire-making by friction.

Schefflera
(a member of the ivy family) is a large genus of about 150 tropical and subtropical species.  New Zealand has a single endemic species which has the distinction of being the first to be named and described (following Captain Cook’s second voyage).

It is therefore the “type species” of the genus.


Photography by Neil Davies
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