Story: Tītī − muttonbirding
Muttonbirds, or sooty shearwaters, are known to Māori as tītī. These seabirds, according to one 18th-century commentator, taste remarkably like sheep meat. Muttonbirds are harvested by Rakiura (Stewart Island) Māori, the Māori people of New Zealand’s southernmost region. Their cultural legacy includes travelling once a year to the 36 islands around the southern tip of the country, where the birds are a prized catch.