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..

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..


Botanical name:  Coprosma repens
Maori name:  Taupata
Common name:  Mirror Plant
Height:  8 metres

Taupata - ripe fruit

There are many species of coprosma on the island. The flowers are dioecious (sexes occur on separate plants).

The flowers are creamy and insignificant and they are wind pollinated.  The berries are brightly coloured and much prized by the birds.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between the species but the little “leaves” called stipules that shield the growing tips vary between some species.

A small  shrub -tree found in coastal situations.  This extremely tough plant has bright shiny green leathery leaves which allow it to withstand winds and salt spray.  It is a rapid shade producer.

Stipules have a row of blackish glands.  It fruits profusely with bright orange drupes in summer and autumn – much loved by birds.

The common name mirror plant is more often used overseas where taupata has been introduced.  It refers to its dark green shiny leaves.

Genus Coprosma has its headquarters in New Zealand with about 50 species present, followed by Hawaii with 20 species.  Species also occur in Java, New Guinea, Pacific Islands and Australia.

Coprosma translates as “dung smell”.  Drying plant specimens collected by Cook’s botanists on the first voyage caused an unpleasant smell (like rotten cabbage) in the tiny cabins on the Endeavour. 

Coprosma belongs in the madder family (Rubiaceae) which also includes Gardenia and the coffee plant, Coffea arabica.









Photography by Peter Craw
© (bottom left , female and bottom right, male anthers) and by Neil Davies © (top, ripe fruit)