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:  Muehlenbeckia australis
Maori name:  Pohuehue
Common name:  Large leaved muehlenbeckia

Muehlenbeckia australisA climber found in lowland and mountain forests.  Juvenile and adult leaf forms, with leaf loss in winter.  Greenish flowers and black shiny seeds.


Flowering and fruiting occur from late spring to autumn.


The juicy fruits form as black shiny seeds covered by a white, succulent cup of sepals.  These are sought after by birds and lizards. 


Muehlenbeckia belongs in the dock family.

Pohuehue - flowerMuehlenbeckia australis foliage


Botanical name:  Muehlenbeckia complexa
Maori name:  Pohuehue
Common name:  Wire vine

Muehlenbeckia complexa - flowersA smaller vine that forms a tangled mass (hence complexa). 

A valuable habitat for birds (nesting and shelter) as well as providing shelter for insects and lizards. 

Also has an edible fruit.

Photography by Neil Davies