Rats Have Rights Too

Native rats (kiore) on Little Barrier Island were saved from a scheduled DOC extermination by local tribe Ngatiwai, who claimed them as taonga. The rats, now almost extinct on mainland NZ, pose a threat to tuatara and giant weta on the island sanctuary. DOC has agreed to move the rat colony to another island.


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Rare Sea Lions Are Back and Crashing Sports Games

Rare Sea Lions Are Back and Crashing Sports Games

After their populations were decimated by hunters, New Zealand’s sea lions are returning to the coasts – sometimes surprising locals by turning up in unexpected places, Charlotte Graham-McLay reports for The…