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..


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. 


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