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 (/..

Puka

Botanical Name:      Meryta sinclairii

Maori Name:           Puka

Height:                  8 metres

 

Meryta is a mainly Pacific Island genus of about 30 species of evergreen shrubs and small trees.  New Zealand’s single species is endemic and is easily distinguished by its large leaves.

 

Puka is dioecious (sexes on separate trees) and occurs naturally on the Three Kings and Hen and Chicken Islands and the northern tip of the North Island.

 

Small greenish yellow flowers appear in tight bunches in February.

 

Bunches of small greenish berries appear on female trees by early April.  These ripen to a black colour.

 

Puka belongs in the ivy family, Araliaceae.



Photography by Warren Brewer © (fruit above right and male flowers below left)