Story: Petrels



Sooty shearwater chicks (muttonbirds) were an important food for Māori and are still harvested each year from certain sites, according to a system of inherited rights.

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Petrels - Petrels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 March 2023)

Story by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015