As the bright red flower, called Kahika, adorns its branches from November to January, the Pohutuwa tree is known as the New Zealand Christmas Tree. It can live to over 1000 years old, so hopefully The Old Man will continue for many more years.  The trunks and branches will often have holes were birds and small animals have made their homes. Page 9 and 10 will explain how this is[…]

The wings of the Kokako are short and stubby which means they rely on their strong legs to help them move through the forest. When the Kokako on Tiritiri Matangi are young, their wattles are pink. It isn’t until they get older that they change to blue.  Read page 47 and hear Paikea tell Flo about why the wattles are important. The Kokako has a black mask across its eyes,[…]

Through out the world, animals are banded, usually around the ankles, with different colours that help to identify them. Some bands will have have individual numbers on them.  On Tiritiri Matangi you will see many birds with coloured bands. This helps everyone to identify and track their movement. See page 159. Small birds have legs that are as fragile as a piece of uncooked spaghetti. Imagine how careful you would[…]

There are so many interesting facts about the Takahe. For example, they date back to the Dinosaur era. They have short stumpy wings that mean they cant fly. They were thought to be extinct and were rediscovered around 1948 on the South Island. It spends most of its time eating and if you read Chapter 3 Meet Greg, you will understand that they are not too fussy about what they[…]

Things can be a little slow in the life of a Tuatara. From mating to fertilisation of the egg can take 3 years. From there a further 11-16 months can pass before the eggs hatch. Tuatara are not sexually mature until the age of around 10 but they can continue reproducing for over 50 years. They grow slowly and can take 35 years before reaching their full size, oh, and[…]