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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

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Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018


Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

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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

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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:  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).