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  • Mātātā

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    The New Zealand Fernbird or the Māori names are Kōtātā or Mātātā. Is an insectivorous at risk endemic species which inhabits wetlands throughout New Zealand.

    Early settlers called it the “swamp sparrow” because of its colouration. They are heard more often than seen. Calls are often the only evidence that they are present in a wetland.

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  • Nīkau

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    The Nīkau is a palm tree endemic to New Zealand, and the only palm native to New Zealand. It primarily occurs in coastal to lowland forest in warmer regions.

    Nīkau palms have had importance in Mäori life. The leaves were used to thatch houses, to wrap food before cooking, and to weave into hats, mats, baskets, and leggings for travelling through rough undergrowth.

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  • Parekareka

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    The spotted shag or parekareka is a species of cormorant endemic to New Zealand. before the breeding season it bill turns green-blue and bare facial skin between the eye.

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  • Piwakawaka

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    The fantail (Maori name: Piwakawaka) is one of New Zealand’s best known birds, as it is one of the few native bird species in New Zealand that has been able to adapt to an environment greatly altered by humans.

    In Maori mythology, the piwakawaka is a messenger, bringing news of death from the gods to the people.

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  • Pohowera

    The Banded Dotterel or Pohowera, is the most common small plover of New Zealand seashores, estuaries and riverbeds.

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  • Pōhutukawa (2017)

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    The Pōhutukawa tree, the iconic Kiwi Christmas tree, which often features on greeting cards and in poems and songs, has become an important symbol for New Zealanders at home and abroad.

    Renowned for its vibrant colour and its ability to survive even perched on rocky, precarious cliffs, it has found an important place in New Zealand culture for its strength and beauty.

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  • Ponga

    Silver Fern or Ponga is a species of medium-sized tree fern, endemic to New Zealand. Its fronds have a distinctive silver underside. Māori laid them silver-side up as track markers for night walking. The koru symbol is inspired by the shape of an unfurling silver fern frond.

    The earliest use of the silver fern as an official national symbol was by the New Zealand Army during the Second Boer War. Since then the fern has become one of the most widely recognised symbols of New Zealand.

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  • Pūkeko

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    The Purple Swamphen, in New Zealand, where it is known as the Pūkeko. Pūkeko is probably one of the most recognised native birds in New Zealand with its distinctive colourings and habit. It look very similar to takahe, although takahe are much heavier.

    The colour red was associated with nobility and power by Māori so the Pūkeko was held in high esteem because of its red beak and legs.

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  • Takahe

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    The Takahē was once thought to be extinct, but in the 1948 Geoffrey Orbell rediscovered the bird high in the tussock grasslands of the remote Murchison Mountains, Fiordland. Despite years of conservation effort, the Takahē remains critically endangered.

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