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by Bill Manhire, illustration by Rachel Walker

This item complements the article about coprolites in the same Journal, providing a more emotive response to the idea that extinction is permanent – and often caused by the actions of people. The poem might be called a mōteatea – a lament.

Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 6

Category: Fiction

Related titles: See TSM

Topics: Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories, colonisation, conservation, exploitation, extinct, history, huia, kaitiakitanga, language, mōteatea, native bird, nature, poetry, rangatira, rhyme, rhythm

In: School Journal Level 3 November 2020

Publication date: November 2020

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