Taonga of an Island Nation
TAONGA OF AN ISLAND NATION - THREATENED SPECIES OF TE WAO NUI A TĀNE
This design is based off a large painting produced in response to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the environment's 2017 report of the same name. The report outlined the urgency for pest eradication and other intervention to ensure the survival of Aotearoa's rare birds. These species are endemic - only found here, they are considered a living taonga (treasure), significant both culturally and scientifically.
This design provides an overview of the threatened birds particular to the ngāhere (bush) - te wao nui a Tāne (the forest realm of Tāne). It supplies the basic, but crucial information for each of the 24 species illustrated including:
Population estimates (based on the most up to date reporting available at time of production)
Māori, English and scientific names (binomial nomenclature)
It is available as a signed limited edition print in two paper weights or an A2 learning sheet (poster print) from an open edition. Each limited edition print sold funds the planting of a native tree through Trees That Count.