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:  Beilschmiedia tarairi
Maori name:  Taraire
Height:  22 metres

Taraire leafTaraire is represented on Tiritiri Matangi by some fine mature trees as well as new plantings.

Beilschmiedia is a large genus with about 300 species in tropical and subtropical regions in Africa, Central and South America, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.

Taraire expresses its subtropical affiliation by only occurring naturally in the upper 1/3 of the North Island.

Mature trees grow over 20 m tall and their leaves are thick and leathery, dark green above the greyish blue below.

Small green bisexual flowers occur in tight bunches from September to December. They have no petals.  Large plum like fruits up to 4 cm long are formed in late summer.  They are a favourite food of native pigeons.


The flesh of ripe fruit plus the specially prepared kernels were eaten by Maori.  The flesh is described as having an acquired taste and the kernels, either steamed or roasted, are said to be quite palatable and satisfying.


Taraire belongs in the laurel family (Lauraceae) which also contains the bay laurel, avocado, cinnamon and camphor trees. 

Photography by Neil Davies (leaves, above right) © and Warren Brewer (below, flowers left, fruit right).