Early Moriori carved designs – known as dendroglyphs – of people and their surroundings on kopi (karaka) trees. Nicole Whaitiri, aged 10, who is of Moriori descent, looks at this example in 2010. Such carvings are estimated to be up to 300 years old. The trees, and therefore the carvings, were unlikely to survive much longer due to disease and wind erosion. A joint Department of Conservation and Otago University team digitally scanned 98 carvings from 93 trees as one way of preserving them.
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