Story: Te tāhere manu – bird catching

Kūkupa mural

Kūkupa mural

This mural of a kūkupa (a northern name for the kererū or New Zealand pigeon) was unveiled at Pawarenga in 2003. It was painted because of the Te Rarawa tribe’s desire to protect and conserve the bird. At the mural’s opening, Gloria Herbert noted that for Te Rarawa ancestors the kūkupa had been food for the body, but now the tribe saw it as food for the wairua (spirit).

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Basil Keane, 'Te tāhere manu – bird catching - History of bird catching', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007