Let’s go along with Mallard and bring back the moa – but Treaty claims about kai are bound to follow

July 1, 2014
Uh, oh ... is that a hunter who fancies a feed of moa?

Uh, oh … is that an indigenous hunter who fancies a feed of moa?

Alf was tempted to muse on the Treaty implications (among other things) on learning that Trevor Mallard is promoting the idea of bringing back the moa.

Trev might have started small by aiming to bring back the huia.

But no, credit where credit is due – he thinks big and bold and he has set his sights on the moa.

This comes from his fascination with “the science of de-extinction” and its rapid advance, according to a report at Stuff.

Accordingly

… the Hutt South MP has laid down a challenge for Lower Hutt and for scientists: Let’s work towards the possibility of moa one day striding again through the bush of Rimutaka Forest Park.

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The public have stumped up millions for a boat shed – but the boat is already housed in Lower Hutt

February 8, 2011

Now let's find a boat to store here.

Things are looking up for the country’s tax and rate payers, who coughed up a few million bucks for an opulent canoe kennel in the capital.

The new structure has a good chance of actually housing the canoe as its planners intended. Hooray.

There had been some doubt about this, because one bunch of Maori reckon the canoe’s rightful place is in its posh new shed on the Wellington waterfront, but another bunch has been keeping it safe and sound in a museum out in Lower Hutt, and looked likely to ensure it stayed there.

It doesn’t much matter which bunch of Maori happen to be right with their claims and counter claims.

The fact is that when it came to the grand opening, the canoe that was supposed to be there wasn’t there.

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