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 (/..


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