Alectryon, Ixerba)? If so, it's getting its seeds dispersed for the small cost of a bit of orange pigment instead of the energy rich epimatium of a podocarp or aril of Alectryon or Ixerba.
There were tuis nearby making quite a racket, but they were disputing in a flowering P. crassifolium tree that was interleaved with a flowering puriri (Vitex lucens), so it was more likely nectar they were interested in.
The epithet cornifolium is a reference to the leaves of the dogwoods, Cornus, which are also in whorls of four. Here's Cornus canadensis in the grounds of the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.