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 (/..

Turutu

Botanical name:  Dianella nigra
Maori name:  Turutu
Common name:  New Zealand blueberry

Common over most of New Zealand. The foliage resembles a miniature New Zealand flax.

Whitish flowers appear in late spring and are followed by blue-grey to purplish small berries in summer. The berries are eaten by birds but their very bitter taste makes them inedible to humans.


Dianella is a Southern Hemisphere genus of about 30 species, half of which are native to Australia where they are commonly called flax lilies.


Turutu belongs in the day lily family (Hemerocallidaceae).

Dianella honours Diana, goddess of hunting. N
igra means glossy black.




Photography by Warren Brewer © (plant with flowers, top right, and with ripe fruit, bottom left).