Story: Ngā manu – birds

Feather cloak

This kahu huruhuru (feather cloak), made in the late 19th century, uses the feathers of kererū (New Zealand pigeons) and kākā. The red kākā feathers were valued for their beauty, and because red was associated with chiefs. Listen to the call of the kākā.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (New Zealand birds/Reference number T7702)

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: MA_B018768

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How to cite this page:

Kelly Keane. 'Ngā manu – birds - Symbols of status', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 17-Feb-15