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:  Brachyglottis repanda
Maori name:  Rangiora
Common name:  Bushman's Friend
Height:  7 metres

Rangiora leaf

Rangiora is a shrub or small tree with stout, brittle spreading branches and occurs widely in lowland forests throughout the North Island and in the northern South Island.

The large leaves are wavy edged, broad and leathery feeling with a white underside.  Leaf undersides and branches are covered in fine, white matted hairs. 

The arrival of creamy white heavily scented flowers in early spring meant the start of the fourth month of the Maori calendar (September).


The leaf has antiseptic qualities and was used by Maori as a covering for wounds or cuts. The plants common name comes from the use of its leaves as toilet paper by early New Zealand. bushmen.


Brachyglottis is a genus of about 30 species of small trees, shrubs, vines and herbs confined to Australia and New Zealand.  There are 22 species in New Zealand.  They all belong in the daisy family (Asteraceae).  Brachyglottis means short tongue, referring to the flowers.  Repanda means irregularly undulating, describing leaf margins.

Rangiora flowers







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