Story: Kiore – Pacific rats

Tūtae-kiore (eyebright)

Tūtae-kiore (eyebright)

New Zealand eyebright is also known as tūtae-kiore. Its Māori name comes from the brown colouring at the centre of the flower – it means rat faeces.

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Bradford Haami, 'Kiore – Pacific rats - Traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 July 2024)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 24 Nov 2008