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:  Planchonella costata
Maori name:  Tawapou
Height:  15 metres


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).