Pūkeko is mentioned in the Māori myth 'How the Kiwi lost her wings' in which several birds of the forest are asked to come down from the trees to eat the bugs on the ground and save the forest, but all give excuses except the Kiwi who is willing to give up his colours and the ability to fly. The Pūkeko's excuse is that it looks too damp down there, and he does not want to get his feet wet. The Pūkeko is punished for his reluctance and told he must now live forever in the swamps...NZ
Things to see and do in Waitangi, New Zealand
In one day at Waitangi, you'll learn a huge amount about Maori culture and the early history of New Zealand. It's the place where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the British Crown and more than 500 Maori chiefs. The treaty agreed the terms by which New Zealand would become a British colony.
Earthquake leaves New Zealand facing a Marmite shortage... and supplies could run out in weeks
Production of the beloved spread, which has been produced for decades in Christchurch, has been suspended because a factory tower was damaged by last year’s earthquake.