A lesson in survival: 100 humans turned out to be too many for the well-being of 58,000 moa

October 24, 2014

"Please, sir, may we have some moa?"

“Please, sir, may we have some moa?”


Alf read with great fascination today the news – if you can call it news – that the flightless moa was doomed the moment humans landed in New Zealand.

At least, this is what new research suggests, according to this report st Stuff..

Whether they were big or small, moa were wiped out in 200 years and the last were killed nearly 600 years ago, between 1440 and 1445.

It first blush, it is hard to square this environmental vandalism with something drummed into us by our indigenous persons and by such authorities as the Ministry for the Environment), because they insist:

For Māori, the concept of kaitiakitanga is of primary importance. Kaitiakitanga is a fundamental concept of the guardianship of a resource for future generations. It is practised as part of tikanga Māori (customary values and practices).

And…

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Maybe the way to stop the poaching of kereru is to permit sales of fried pigeon and chips

April 22, 2012

Put it on the KFC menu and it might be saved.

Oh dear. It looks like native wood pigeons are as doomed as the moa, at least in some parts of the country.

And for much the same reason. They make good tucker (or at least, that’s what Alf is told, although he has never eaten pigeon pie, or pigeon kai, or any other pigeon-based dishes).

In the Far North, some people obviously are tucking in, even though the bird is supposed to be legally protected.

The consequences are reported in the Sunday Star-Times here.

Maori poachers hunting wood pigeons to the verge of extinction in the north are refusing to listen to pleas to stop from their community.

And –

The birds are in decline in Northland, where hapu mumbers say they have found evidence of illegal hunting.

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Bird boffins get their beaks into the trough

October 8, 2009

(no longer dictated to Mrs Grumble – Alf has been judged fit to resume his duties)

Stone the bloody crows. Or more usefully, stone the birdbrains _ or is he being unkind? – who have cough up taxpayers’ money for some boffin to study the New Caledonian crow.

Bigger stones should be thrown at them for approving the funding for a bloke to find out what happened to the moa.

This seems pointless, because the moa has been no moa for some considerable time.

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