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:  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).