Story: Kurī – Polynesian dogs

Carved kurī

Carved kurī

One of the oldest artefacts discovered in New Zealand is this carved wooden dog. It was found in Monck’s Cave, on Banks Peninsula.

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Basil Keane, 'Kurī – Polynesian dogs - What is the kurī?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Nov 2008