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:  Rhabdothamnus solandri
Maori name:  Taurepo, Waiu-atua
Common name:  New Zealand Gloxinia

N Gloxinia - taurepo

Taurepo is an under shrub found in coastal forest where it favours stream banks.  It occurs naturally only in the North Island.

Throughout the year dark red to orange-yellow gloxinia-like flowers are produced.  Seed is also found throughout the year with many seed in each capsule

Rhabdothamnus is an endemic genus with just the single species.  It belongs in the African violet family, Gesneraceae, which consists of mostly herbs and a few shrubs and vines, mainly tropical and subtropical.

Rhabdothamnus means 'twiggy shrub'.


Photography by Neil Davies © (top) and Martin Sanders (left).