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 (/..

Porokaiwhiri

Botanical name:  Hedycarya arborea
Maori name:  Porokaiwhiri
Common name:  Pigeonwood
Height:  12 metres

Porokaiwhiri Foliage

An erect small tree with thick leathery leaves that have saw toothed margins.


The sexes of Pigeonwood are on different trees. The flowers have a strong aromatic scent.


The fruit is held in clusters of juicy fruits (drupes) which are bright reddish orange when ripe.

A favourite fruit of the native pigeon.


Abundant in lowland to mountain forests. Also found on the Three Kings Islands.

Flowering throughout spring and early summer with the berries from mid spring through summer.

Genus Hedycarya contains about 20 species.  The single endemic

New Zealand species grows naturally as far south as Banks Peninsula.  The rest of the species occur in New Caledonia and Polynesia.


Hedycarya belongs in an ancient family of plants, Monomiaceae, which means abiding, everlasting.  They are composed of tropical to subtropical trees and shrubs, mostly fragrant and in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Pigeonwood
   


Photography by Peter Craw
© (flowers, bottom left), Neil Davies © (leaves, top right) and Warren Brewer © (ripening fruit, bottom right).