Story: Human effects on the environment

Māori village with dogs

Māori village with dogs

In this lithograph of a kāinga near Whanganui in the 1840s, kurī (native dogs) are in the foreground. Although kurī were common around Māori settlements, they were generally domesticated and probably did not run wild or greatly damage native wildlife.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-029-001
Chromolithograph by John Gilfillan

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Janet Wilmshurst, 'Human effects on the environment - Early human impact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 July 2022)

Story by Janet Wilmshurst, published 24 Sep 2007