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..

2018 Photo Comp opens for entries

Date posted: 27-Nov-2017

The 2018 Photo Competition is now open for entries. Click here (/2018-photo-competition-tiritiri-mat..

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..

Whau

Botanical name:  Entelea arborescens
Maori name:  Whau
Common name:  Cork tree
Height:  6 metres


Whau
A shrub or small tree with large soft attractive leaves giving a tropical appearance. Found in low forest along the coast and inland. It is a rapid shade producer.

The flowers are white and occur early spring to mid summer. The dry fruit capsules are very distinct brown and covered with spines not unlike in appearance to thistle.

The wood is very light and was used by the Maori as fishing floats.  It is thought to be as light as balsa wood.

Entelea is an endemic genus consisting of just the one species. It is placed in the mallow family, Malvaceae, which includes hollyhocks, Chinese lanterns, hibiscus, lacebarks and ribbon wood. 

The trunks of some members have tough fibres which form a layer under the bark. These fibres have been used by mankind in many countries to make ropes, hats, mats and fishing nets. The most important fibre in this family comes from the cotton plant, Gossypium species.

Whau is short-lived (about 10 years) and is rare on mainland NZ as its lush green leaves are sought after by browsing animals.   

  

Photography by Neil Davies © (above, seed heads) and Martin Sanders © (left, flower).