Story: Bay of Plenty places

Welcoming a weka

Welcoming a weka

The weka is a native bird that had become extinct in the Whirinaki forest by the early 1900s. These school children are taking part in a formal welcome by the people of Ngāti Whare for a weka about to be reintroduced to the Whirinaki forest in 2005. The Ngāti Whare people run programmes to protect the Whirinaki Forest.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Bay of Plenty places - Whirinaki area', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5744/welcoming-a-weka (accessed 19 February 2020)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Jul 2015