Celebrate the Takahe Art Competition

Date posted: 08-Apr-2020

Hi Tiri Kids, It’s TakahÄ“ Awareness Month! Everyone loves our takah..

COVID-19 Important Information

Date posted: 25-Mar-2020

The government has announced that New Zealand is now at alert level 2 for COVID-19. Th..

2019 Winner Primary School Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Ethan Raymond

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Ethan has helped the Enviro-Warriors in many ways such as planning, gard..

2019 Winner Y8-Y13 NIWA Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Abby Haezelwood

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Abby Haezelwood with her winning Science Exhibit on Plastic Beaches at the NIWA Taihoro Nuk..

The Tiritiri Concert

Date posted: 11-Feb-2020

Folk on the Water The 2020 Tiritiri Matangi Conce..

2020 Photo competition now open

Date posted: 15-Jan-2020

This year's photo competition is now open for entries. Please click here (/m..

AGM 2019

Date posted: 09-Sep-2019

Our Annual General Meeting was held at 7:30 pm on Monday 23rd September at the F..

More plaudits for Tiritiri Matangi

Date posted: 15-Jul-2019

Recognition of the wonderful experience visitors have when visiting the Island h..

Results of the 2019 Photo Competition

Date posted: 15-Jul-2019

The results of this year's competition have now been decided. Click here (/2019-photo-co..

Lighthouse Open Day

Date posted: 30-Apr-2019

Our historic lighthouse, signal station and diaphonic foghorn will all be on dis..

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).