The Kea have miraculously survived through the arrival of both Maori and colonialists to Aotearoa.

The Kea's species name, Nestor, is from Greek mythology. Nestor was said to be a wise old counselor to the Greeks at Troy. Notabilis (latin), means, 'that worthy of note'. Maori gave Kea its name describing the sound of its call ('keeee-aa!')

The Kea is an endangered Alpine Parrot endemic to Aotearoa and one of the most intelligent birds in the world.They are naturally curious, inquisitive and mischievous birds and are attracted to people that enter Mountain ranges.

With an understated olive-green colouration with a grey-black bill, when in flight the beauty of stunning underwings is an orange-scarlet colour.

Their story of survival combined with their cheeky albeit intelligent characteristics combined with being known by the Waitaha tribe as kaitiaki (guardians) of their people and inquisitive nature make them the perfect badge for exploring profiles in the tangata whenua network.

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MLC Panui - April 2022


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