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RSS FeedsMāori knowledge can help New Zealand get rid of predators but it can`t be `whitewashed`
(WorldNews Asia)


24 january 2021 23:14:11

Māori knowledge can help New Zealand get rid of predators but it can`t be `whitewashed`
(WorldNews Asia)

When I was taught how to trap possums, I was encouraged to combine the traditional knowledge of my Māori ancestors with modern technologies. An example of this is when the kawakawa plant bears fruit – the best lure to use is cinnamon. This is because the scents complement each other in the forest, to which the possums become attracted. I assumed this was also the case when taught to use curry powder as a lure for when the hangehange flowers blossom. Instead, it was because wasps were very active at the time and I learned curry powder is one of the few lures to which wasps are not attracted; and no one wants to fiddle with traps covered in wasps! Indeed no one likes pests, because they are...

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