Story: Game birds

Hunting kererū

Hunting kererū

In winter, Māori set traps and hunting platforms in miro trees to catch kererū (native pigeons) that came to eat the seeds. The birds were easy to spear or trap after they had fed. Kererū were also hunted by Europeans using shotguns. Under the Animals Protection Act 1880 they were classified as ‘native game’ and could legally be hunted at certain times of the year – until 1921, when they received absolute protection. The last open season for kererū was in 1911.

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Neil Deans, 'Game birds - Game birds in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2024)

Story by Neil Deans, published 24 Nov 2008, reviewed & revised 29 Apr 2015