Story: Ngā manu – birds



The kākāriki’s name means a small (riki) parrot (kākā). Māori noted that it ate a large meal in the morning before doing anything. People who ate too much before working were compared to the kākāriki.

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Kelly Keane-Tuala, 'Ngā manu – birds - Birds’ names', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 July 2021)

Story by Kelly Keane-Tuala, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015