What is more lethal than Rena’s oil slick?

A single Maori Woman with a craving for tītī.

You see our mates reckon that we have  had a far greater impact on the country’s bird population – killing over 40,000 muttonbirds singletoothedly over our lifetime. That is very true. We are of course very old  so its taken nearly half a century to reach that figure. So while we have dispatched a lot of oily birds to eat  – the  RENA’s oily slick  hasn’t really eaten a lot of birds.

Tītī or Muttonbirds are harvested in numbers that make Rena’s kill look like rounding:

In New Zealand, about 250,000 mutton birds are harvested for oils, food and fats each year by the native Māori. Young birds just about to fledge are collected from the burrows, plucked and often preserved in salt.

That makes Maori, Kaitiakitanga, guardians of the land and creatures, more lethal than an oil slick for New Zealand bird life.

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