Story: Chatham Islands

Buff weka

Buff weka

Although weka were only introduced to the Chatham Islands in 1905, they have been prolific and have become popularly recognised as an island mascot and identity. Some Chatham Islanders identify as ‘Wekas’ to distinguish themselves from mainland New Zealand ‘Kiwis’.

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Rhys Richards, 'Chatham Islands - Land and habitat', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2024)

Story by Rhys Richards, updated 1 May 2015