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:  Podocarpus totara
Maori name:  Totara
Height:  30 metres

Totara - foliage

A conifer.  Mature trees have massive trunks 2 – 3 m in diameter with thick, stringy bark. 

The trees are dioecious with male and female cones on separate trees.  It is a long term canopy tree.

The fruit is a red succulent receptable tipped with a 5 mm nut like seed palatable to both birds and humans. 

Totara’s range is from North Cape to Bluff.

Maori used its timber for building canoes and dwellings.  Many useful implements were also carved from it.  The bark was woven into food baskets, used for thatching and also for making fire.  Ripe fruit was gathered for food.

One mature tree remained on the island after farming ceased and seed has been widely dispersed from this source.

Photography by Neil Davies ©