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No. 33 (December 1960)
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Protect Native Birds

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F. C. Kinsky


The Eastern bar-tailed godwit or kuaka is an annual visitor to our shores. From October to March thousands of godwits rest and feed in coastal inlets and lagoons after the 12,000 mile flight from their breeding grounds in Siberia and Alaska.

The godwit is one of New Zealand's most interesting migratory birds and under modern conditions it needs protection. All wading birds have full legal protection in New Zealand.


A fine of £50


Another fine of £2 for each godwit killed


The loss of a valuable gun

are the penalties to which those who kill godwit or other protected birds are liable.

Protect the kuaka and
all other wading birds

Issued by the Wildlife Branch, Department of Internal Affairs.