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..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

Stop Press: Extra Dawn Chorus trip now scheduled for Thursday 27th October 2016. ..

2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..


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).