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..

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.

(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