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Pīpīwharauroa (shining cuckoo)

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Listen to the pīpīwharauroa. This migratory bird’s call was a welcome signal that spring had arrived. Sound file from Birds of New Zealand. Compact disc. © Viking Sevenseas NZ (P O Box 152, Paraparaumu), 1980. All rights reserved.

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Ruru (morepork)

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The Māori and English names of the ruru (morepork) both echo the sound of its haunting cry. Listen to Ruka Broughton discuss the significance of the ruru’s call. Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any ...

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Shining cuckoo

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Shining cuckoos (pīpīwharauroa) return to New Zealand each spring after spending winter in the tropics. Like other cuckoos around the world, they lay their egg in the nest of another species and let the foster parents raise their chick. Despite this apparently easy existence their numbers ...

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Franz Josef Glacier

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Franz Josef Glacier is one of the famous sights of Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Like Fox Glacier to the south, it is unusual because it reaches West Coast rainforest near its end, and the huge cascade of ice is fringed by ferns and trees. Listen to Philip Liner interviewing a guide...

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