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Kiore (Pacific rat)

Kiore (Pacific rat)

These kiore (Pacific rats) were photographed on Little Barrier Island (Hauturu). Kiore arrived in New Zealand with the Polynesian ancestors of Māori, around the 13th century. Kiore are bigger than mice, but smaller than other rats.

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Photograph by Rod Morris

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Bradford Haami, 'Kiore – Pacific rats - Arrival and life in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 September 2021)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 24 Nov 2008