image Innate Invasiveness

There is an on-going campaign to restore some native equilibrium to the wilderness of Ateoaroa-New Zealand. The method is to encourage locals to kill as many invasive species as possible. The natives here are considered to be lizards, birds and the only native mammals are bats. Two of the original three bat species survive to this day.

The most famous native species, the Kiwi still breed in captivity

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kiwi eggs incubating

and exist in small numbers in the wild. Dogs, rats, cats, possums, stoats and pigs were all brought here by humans for their own practical uses and have decimated the kiwi population. Pigs were brought in 1773 by Captain Cook as a food source and stoats were brought in 1886 to control the invasive rabbit population.

I did some research on the people of Aotearoa-New Zealand and visited museums which had varying information. The Moriori people lived in the Chatham Islands from Polynesian roots from more than 800 years ago. Then the Maori people came from common ancestors to the main land of Aotearoa-New Zealand. Or maybe the Moriori left the Maori from the mainland to the Chatham islands and developed their own culture from there. Ships from Holland, Britain, France and America started showing up. There were lots of animals to kill (in the ocean too) and muskets to sell to the local groups who were warring with each other. The Moriori had become peaceful so as not to wipe themselves out. They would engage in hand to hand combat until the first blood was drawn to settle disputes. The Maori proved to be formidable warriors and eventually signed a treaty after 20 years of war with the the British, to claim the mainlands before the French got the chance. Some believe the Moriori went extinct with their seal foodsource that were killed by Europeans but the bloodlines have more recently been claimed and the ancestors are still among us.

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Kiwis are nocturnal, flightless birds with no native predators

The two official languages of Aotearoa-New Zealand are English and Maori. There is a weekly program on local TV to study Maori language with. On the South Island there are not many other opportunities to get involved with Maori culture but I hear there is more on the North Island.

Now people from the Polynesian Islands, Asia, South America, Commonwealth countries and all over the world visit for short times or aim to reside long term.

Maori are known for their spiral, tribal-style tattoos on their arms, shoulders, faces and specifically chins. Many locals of all ages and ethnicities have many tattoos. A tradition I would estimate continuing from Maori culture and possibly the sailors that came from around the globe.

It is interesting to consider the histories from before I was on the earth and compare them to the modern narratives from the locals motivations and rationales towards animals or humans, local or invasive. Meeting those who are strong and weak and deciding who to kill and who to protect, or who to ally with.

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Keas are very intelligent and mischievous parrots, here tearing up trash with their beaks

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