Many subdivisions in the Lansdowne area have been named on a native tree theme. Konini Street is named after the berry of the kotukutuku, Fuchsia excorticata, the New Zealand tree fuchsia. The berry can be used to make a jam, and is a favourite food of various native birds.
Matipo Street is named after the shrub Myrsine australis, which has yellowish green foliage and an attractive orange cast to its new stems. The popular garden shrub Pittosporum tenuifolium is sometimes called a matipo, although the Maori name for this shrub is kohuhu.
Pic: Our native fuchsia is the kotukutuku - the flower is called konini.