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 (/..

  1. Pohutukawa

Botanical name:  Metrosideros excelsa
Maori name:  Pohutukawa
Common name:  New Zealand Christmas Tree
Height:  20 metres


PohutukawaThe best known of our trees. Especially for its bright red flowers at Christmas. A coastal tree which can be single or multi-trunked with a distinctive round canopy and hard durable wood.

Leaves are adapted to wind, salt spray etc. They are thickened with a layer of felt-like hairs on the underside to help reduce moisture loss. 
It is a r
apid shade producer.

The flowers are an important source of nectar during the November to February period for birds, gecko and insects.
 

Maori also gathered the nectar. They used the durable timber for digging implements.  Early settlers used the twisted shapes of some of the branches for boat building.

Pohutukawa was the pioneer species used in reforestation on Tiritiri Matangi as it could withstand high winds, salt spray and drought conditions.

Metrosideros
is a Pacific genus centred in Polynesia with about 53 species of evergreen trees, shrubs and woody climbers.  
New Zealand has 12 species, New Caledonia 21 and Hawaii 5.

Pohutukawa barkPohutukawa flowers








Photography by
Jan Velvin © (top right) and by Neil Davies © (bottom left, bottom right)