Story: Conifers

Hunting kererū (1st of 2)

Hunting kererū

In winter, Māori set traps and hunting platforms in miro to catch kererū (native pigeons) that came to feed on the tree's seeds. The birds were easy to spear or trap after they had gorged on the seeds.

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Reference: B-023-018
Photolithograph after a drawing by Russell Stuart Clark

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How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Conifers - Mataī and miro: the plum pines', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007