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Author Topic: Maori Names for NZ Butterflies  (Read 844 times)
Jane
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« on: (30 May 2011) Mon 09:04 PM »

Do you know if there are Maori names for the Blue ,Coppers and Tussocks?

Yellow Admiral is Kahukowhai (meaning yellow cloak/cape) and
Red Admiral is Kahukura (scarlet cloak)

I would like to know any others for teaching purposes if anyone can help

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« Reply #1 on: (30 May 2011) Mon 10:04 PM »

Hi Jane,

This would be great to establish as Maori names are hard ones to figure. Somehow I think it requires someone who is passionate about butterflies & Te Reo Maori to settle.

All the ones I can find are on each species page - nzButterfly.info/draft/resident

However, some are new names like the White, Pepe Ma (Butterfly White), some don't appear to have Maori names at all like the Southern Blue. 3 of 4 Coppers are Pepe Para Riki, the odd one being Rauparaha's Copper (Mokarakare), the last one descriped in science. I would have throught the odd Copper would have being the Boulder Copper personally. Only 2 Ringlets have a Maori name, Pepe Pouri. They are the Black Mountain Ringlet & Butler's Ringlet.

I have heard there is regional names, but don't recall who told me or any examples.

While researching the site, I found spelling variations, like Pepe Para Riki being Pepeparariki or Pepe Parariki.
Interesing that the Red Admiral is Kahu Kura & the Monarch is Kahuku

Hopefully, this is not too confusing.
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« Reply #2 on: (31 May 2011) Tue 01:22 PM »

Thats excellent thanks Rob.

I hadn't noticed the Maori names on the pages. This information will really help, and doesn't need to be too specific. I just want to raise awareness of our native butterflies, and I'm often trying to find topics for people with traumatic brain injuries. I have a one hour teaching slot once per week under the topic 'Moari Arts' and have introduced all sorts of topics, but not butterflies as yet, so it is an opportunity not to be missed.

The information you have given me will be of great assistance.
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« Reply #3 on: (31 May 2011) Tue 09:21 PM »

Bear in mind that some of our migrants have Maori names too.
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« Reply #4 on: (01 Jun 2011) Wed 12:59 AM »

OK thanks Rob
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« Reply #5 on: (24 Jun 2011) Fri 06:22 PM »

It has been great to be able to use the Moari names on your site to introduce the native butterflies to a small but interested group of individuals as part of their Moari Arts program. Thanks Robert. Once again your website proves invaluable!
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« Reply #6 on: (26 Aug 2011) Fri 08:29 PM »

Hi Robert,

Do you or anyone else know the Moari names for any of the ringlet or tussock butterflies?

Cheers - Jane
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« Reply #7 on: (29 Aug 2011) Mon 01:36 PM »

Just checked out a link I found ages ago, but it's not much help I think.

www.sanctuary.org.nz/Site/Conservation_and_Research/Natures_corner/2005/Early_autumn.aspx

Love to know how you get on with this topic Jane as I found it wasn't easy to find the names which I did.
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