Story: Rural language

A kea’d sheep

A kea’d sheep

The kea, a native mountain parrot, was notorious for attacking sheep and pecking at the fat around their kidneys. This gave rise to the adjective ‘kea’d’ and the verb ‘to kea’.

About this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: PUBL-0223-184

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

How to cite this page:

Dianne Bardsley, 'Rural language - Farming difficulties', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 October 2016)

Full story by Dianne Bardsley, published 24 Nov 2008