This is the masthead of the Māori-language newspaper Te Pipiwharauroa, he kupu whakamarama. The pīpīwharauroa is the shining cuckoo, which can be seen on the masthead flying above a meeting-house where a kaumātua sits, instructing a young child. The choice of name was explained by editor Frederick Bennett: 'The reason I support this name is in acknowledgement of our birds which are fast disappearing from sight in New Zealand. The only one that continues to return is the Pipiwharauroa (shining cuckoo). This bird is one I think of fondly. It is an ancient bird, and is a gift from those who have travelled into the night, a gift from our ancestors. They will never return to us, it will instead be us who journey to them. The Pipiwharauroa disappears and returns, to bring people back to wakefulness, to bring cheer to our hearts.'
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Niupepa: Maori newspapers
Reference: Pipiwharauroa, Hanuere (January), 1899, p. 1
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