Story: Kai Pākehā – introduced foods

Captain Cooker

Captain Cooker

This wild pig is known as a Captain Cooker, after pigs introduced to New Zealand by James Cook. It is possible that wild pigs in the South Island originate from those released by Cook. However, pigs in the North Island can probably be traced to large numbers of breeding pigs gifted by Lieutenant-Governor Philip King of Norfolk Island to northern chiefs.

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Hazel Petrie, 'Kai Pākehā – introduced foods - Early introductions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 April 2023)

Story by Hazel Petrie, published 24 Nov 2008