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..

2018 Photo Comp opens for entries

Date posted: 27-Nov-2017

The 2018 Photo Competition is now open for entries. Click here (/2018-photo-competition-tiritiri-mat..

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..


Botanical name:  Knightia excelsa
Maori name:  Rewarewa
Common name:  New Zealand Honeysuckle
Height:  30 metres

Rewarewa seed pods

Rewarewa is found throughout the North Island and the north east tip of the South Island.  It forms a striking columnar shape.  Leaves are thick and stiff, coarsely toothed, 10-15 cm long.

Rewarewa belongs in the protea family, a feature of which is the absence of petals in their flowers.  The sepals take over this role.  Flowering occurs spring to early summer.  Each flower has 4 velvety sepals joined to form a 3-4 cm tube.  As the flower opens at the tip 4 pollen containing anthers are exposed.  They are each attached to a sepal segment.  The sepals and stamens curl backwards, leaving pollen deposited on the projecting style which is yellow tipped and needle-like.  Four small glands at the base of the ovary secrete nectar.


Fruit is a brown dry elongated capsule 3-4 cm long with a persistent style projecting.  It takes a year to ripen, splitting along 1 side to release winged seeds.


Knightia is an endemic genus with just one species.  It honours Thomas Andrew Knight (1758 – 1838) plant physiologist, President of the Royal Horticultural Society London and friend of Joseph Banks.



 Photography by Neil Davies © (above, seed pods) and Martin Sanders © (left, flower, out and in bud).