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..


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)