Story: Kōrero taiao

Toroa (albatross)

Toroa (albatross)

The down of the toroa (albatross) was rolled into a ball and worn as an ear ornament. Its dazzling whiteness gave rise to the saying 'Me te pōhoi toroa tērā, pūaho ana' (like the intensely white down of an albatross).

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Photograph by C. J. R. Robertson

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Basil Keane, 'Kōrero taiao - Sayings and proverbs from the natural world', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8895/toroa-albatross (accessed 7 December 2021)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007