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:  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)