Tui are unique to New Zealand. They are attractive birds with an iridescent sheen and feature a distinctive white tuft under their throat. Tui are often heard before they are seen, and can make many complex noises and songs. They can imitate sounds that they hear and Māori sometimes trained tui to talk.
The kea is a large parrot found in the alpine areas of the South Island. They are intelligent, inquisitive and social—a flock is known as a ‘curiosity of kea’! Kea are attracted to shiny objects, such as bottle caps and mirrors, and have been known to peel the rubber from the windscreens of parked cars in the Southern Alps.
Of all the New Zealand birds the kōkako is said to have the most beautiful song. It’s ancestors have been in New Zealand since it’s split away from Gondwana. The North Island kōkako has blue wattles, the South Island, orange—both have striking blue-grey plumage and a black face mask.
Taniko is a decorative technique used on the borders of kakaru or korowai – traditional Maori woven cloaks. These Taniko needlework art pieces, designed by Wrapt in New Zealand, are completed in traditional red and black and feature a feather like yarn that stands out from the stitching giving the piece a 3D effect.