Story: Moa

Mock moa hunt

Mock moa hunt

In the early 20th century, when this moa was reconstructed by Augustus Hamilton, moa were still thought to have a very upright neck. At the time Hamilton was registrar at the Otago Museum. He then placed the moa in the Dunedin Public Gardens and persuaded Peter Buck (left), Hēmi Papakura (middle) and Tūtere Wī Repa (right) to pose as if in a moa hunt. This famous image was reproduced at the 1906–7 Christchurch International Exhibition.

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Trevor H. Worthy, 'Moa - Appearance and breeding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Trevor H. Worthy, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015