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:  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 ©