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 (/..

Tawapou

Botanical name:  Planchonella costata
Maori name:  Tawapou
Height:  15 metres

Tawapou

Handsome closely branched tree restricted naturally to the upper half of the North Island.


Flowering occurs in early summer with tiny white flowers supported on comparatively long flower stalks (about 12 mm).

 

Tawapou forms a very distinctive fruit, a large oval berry which ripens to a deep red or dark purple.  Flesh of the berries eaten by kereru and Maori.

 

The leathery glossy green leaves have downward curved margins and a distinctive vein pattern giving a ribbed appearance (described by the specific name, costata).

 

Long term canopy tree.


   


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