2020 Conservation Week

Date posted: 12-Aug-2020

Meet the Takahē on Tiritiri Matangi Island When: 1:30 pm, ..

AGM 2020

Date posted: 25-Jul-2020

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TO WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2020 due to Covid restrictions at t..

Ferry Resuming July 4th!

Date posted: 01-Jun-2020

Great News!!! We have confirmation Fuller360 ferry service to Tiritiri Matangi wi..

The 2020 Photo Competition Winners

Date posted: 22-May-2020

Here are the winning and commended photos from this year's competition. Congratulations to the photo..

Celebrate the Takahe Art Competition

Date posted: 08-Apr-2020

Hi Tiri Kids, It’s TakahÄ“ Awareness Month! Everyone loves our takah..

COVID-19 Important Information

Date posted: 25-Mar-2020

The government has announced that New Zealand is now at alert level 2 for COVID-19. Th..

2019 Winner Primary School Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Ethan Raymond

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Ethan has helped the Enviro-Warriors in many ways such as planning, gard..

2019 Winner Y8-Y13 NIWA Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Abby Haezelwood

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Abby Haezelwood with her winning Science Exhibit on Plastic Beaches at the NIWA Taihoro Nuk..

The Tiritiri Concert

Date posted: 11-Feb-2020

Folk on the Water The 2020 Tiritiri Matangi Conce..

2020 Photo competition now open

Date posted: 15-Jan-2020

This year's photo competition is now open for entries. Please click here (/m..


Botanical name:  Vitex lucens
Maori name:  Puriri
Height:  20 metres

Puriri fruit
A distinctive large tree found in coastal and lowland forest, restricted naturally to the warmer upper half of the North Island.

The spreading branches produce bright shiny green leaves made up of 5 leaflets.  It is a long term canopy tree.

Puriri can have a long flowering and fruiting period, normally commencing in early winter and extending into mid spring.  However many trees seem never to be without flowers or fruit.  These are both valuable for birds as the pink coloured tubular flowers supply nectar and the ripe red berries are a good source of food.

Maori used puriri leaves for medicinal purposes. Infusions from boiled leaves were used to bathe sprains, relieve backache and treat ulcers and sore throats. Puriri timber is very strong and durable and Maori used it for making garden tools and weapons.

Puriri flowersPuriri was logged following European settlement with only the best trees being selected. Puriri timber was used for fence posts, railway sleepers, house piles, bridge building and furniture. Puriri veneers have a walnut like finish.

Vitex is a widespread genus of trees and shrubs with over 250 species.  They belong in the mint family, Lamiaceae, whose members range from many familiar culinary herbs (mint, basil, thyme and rosemary) right up to massive trees such as teak, Tectona grandis, native to South East Asia.

Originally there were only 3 puriri trees on the island but there have been extensive new plantings during the reforestation and the trees are now widespread.

Photography by
Neil Davies © (top right) and by Peter Craw © (bottom left)