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..

2018 Photo Comp opens for entries

Date posted: 27-Nov-2017

The 2018 Photo Competition is now open for entries. Click here (/2018-photo-competition-tiritiri-mat..

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..


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