The Kakariki is a long tailed parrot with bright green plumage. It flies directly above the forest canopy accompanied by a loud chatter ‘ki-ki-ki-ki-ki’ sound. Depending on the season, they are often in small flocks and when feeding are either silent or babble. Once common throughout New Zealand, the Kakariki have now become rare after the introduction of feral cats, stoats and ship rats. Their numbers have also been affected by the destruction of forest habitat by human intervention. This forced the parakeet to seek alternative food sources like orchards and crops. Thousands of Karariki were shot by protective farmers.
Kakariki can feast safely in the canopy on plant seeds, berries, shoots and flowers, but when feeding on the ground become susceptible to mammal predators. Kakariki are now rare and only widespread on Stewart Island and predator-free island reserves.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.
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