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..

  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.

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)