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Thu 7 May 2015, 6:30pm–8:00pm

Where: Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Why did the kurī, or Māori dog, become extinct? Discover how scientific data complements cultural knowledge about this once valued species.

The kurī was the only domesticated dog successfully established in New Zealand by Pacific settlers, but it disappeared after the arrival of Europeans. Why did the relationship between people and kurī change? Dr Priscilla Wehi shows how synthesising scientific data with Māori oral tradition and 19th-century historical information is revealing more about this intriguing species.

Dr Priscilla Wehi

Dr Priscilla Wehi is an ecologist based at Landcare Research. She has a particular interest in how culture and ecology interact.

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