Story: Kōrero taiao

Tūī and its song

A tūī rests on the frond of a fern. Its melodious call inspired the saying 'Me he korokoro tūī' (like the throat of a tūī), which referred to someone with a beautiful singing voice.

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Basil Keane, 'Kōrero taiao - Sayings and proverbs from the natural world', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007