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Call to change New Zealand national bird

September 11, 2017

A seabird conservation group is calling for a bird that can actually fly to replace the kiwi as the country’s national symbol.

The Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust said flightless kiwis didn’t represent the intrepid travellers New Zealanders are.

Its co-founder Chris Gaskin is throwing his support behind the Buller’s shearwater, also known as the rako, to be the new national emblem.

“Having a seabird as a national bird is far more representative of who we are and where we are, we’re an outward looking nation, we like travelling.”

Many New Zealanders feel a connection to the word kiwi and that would be hard to change.

What do you think?  Should we change the national bird?

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1

i dont think we should

2

KEEP THE KIWIS!!!
Ryan age 11

3

No
N.O.
Noooooooo

4

keep the kiwis!

5

no we are called kiwis for a reason

6

I don't replace the kiwi

7

kiwi is the best i think the people who want to change it are crazy

8

No way😢

9

i think that we can stay as the kiwi

10

No and if we did it should be the Kakapo or Kereru

11

kiwi!!!

12

If it does change it should be karearea

13

keep kiwi

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#KIWI FOR LIFE!!!

15

i would rather be called a kiwi than a rako, or buller

16

keep the kiwis dude

17

They may not fly but they're amazing creates

18

Keep the kiwis

19

Horror don't change it at all

20

Keep the kiwi. If we change we would have to throw the one dollar coins in the bin.

21

KEEP THE KIWI!!!

22

KEEP THE KIWI!!!

23

No Never

24

NOOOOOOOOO

25

NO WAY EVER

26

The whole world knows us as Kiwis. If half the world start calling us Rakos, no one would know who we were talking about.
Taehwan age 9

27

The Kiwi is important to Maori people. Their capes are made from Kiwi feathers. Chiefs war them to hakas and greetings. The Rako bird feathers would hurt to wear. It wouldn't be the same.
Putoko age 9

28

Kiwis are really old. Let's try a new bird.
Myah age 9

29

We've had the Kiwi for ages. Kiwis are nearly extinct. The Rako isn't facing extinction it's going to outlive the kiwi.
Max age 9

30

Kiwis can't fly but they still represent NZ. Keep the Kiwi.
Zach age 9

31

Kiwis are hard to find. Rakos are easier to find.
Ashton age 9

32

We should keep the Kiwi because we call ourselves Kiwis. Would we change the kiwifruit to Rakofruit?
Nicole age 9

33

Kiwis can't fly, they can't defend themselves. Rako can fly and defend themselves.
Zayden age 9

34

Kiwis are our birds and are super cute. The are our National bird and always should be. Go KIWIS!
Noah age 9

35

People are sick of being called Kiwis and the name is getting old.
Lillia age 9

36

Kiwis are rare and need to be celebrated. Don't change our bird.
Steph Age 9

37

The Kiwi might be helpless and almost extinct but if we look after them they should remain our national bird.
Chloe Age 9

38

It has been our National bird for a long time, it's time for a change.
Maddie Age 9

39

The kiwi only comes out at night and no one wants to walk around in the dark trying to find a bird. Travelers would find it much easier to find a Rako to spot.
Ajay Age 9

40

If our National bird changes we might need to throw the $1 coins in the bin.
Taehwan Age 9

41

We should keep the Kiwi because the All Blacks and Maori All Blacks are known as Kiwis. It would would be weird to be known as the Rakos.
Putoko Age 9

42

I think that the Kiwi has been our national bird for a long time now, it's time for a change.
Lillia Age 9

43

No!!! Everyone knows us as kiwis!! What would we be if they got their way!! Bullers? Rakos??

44

No, because my favorite bird is a kiwi.😀

45

no no no no no no. I can not let this happen:(. I don't really care what they say right now.

46

I dont want to be a seagull kiwis are awesome 🙁

47

No! Kiwis for lyfe! Screw that scrawny seagull! I don't want a seagull for our national bird! No way never ever ever ever no!

48

No Way

50

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

51

This is a good idea because kiwis aren't very strong (the kiwi represents our country) we don't want to say that we are not strong or weak. This bird is powerful so it's a good choice

52

no we should not change the kiwi because we are kiwi

53

no we should not change the kiwi because we are kiwi if it is changed people will be sad so don't change the kiwi

54

If it does change, it should be karearea

55

I want kiwi,I want kiwi!

56

It should be falcon

57

I vote keep the kiwi as our national bird/native animal ✋

58

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

59

No way

60

Please no i do not want us to change this i do not want to be called a type of seagull or something like that.

61

No because kiwi is the bird that gives us the name and who we are so I think don't change the bird

62

No we should not change

63

NOOOOO! I don't even know this bird. WE CAN NOT CHANGE. Kiwis are our national bird, because they are endangered, but they fight for survival. We spent about one million dollars on the flag referendum, and it didn't even change. Don't even try.

64

I think we should stick to kiwi. Lots of people use the term kiwi when they say they are from New Zealand. e.g. I am half Kiwi and half Chinese.

65

I think we should stick to the kiwi. After all, New Zealanders are also called 'Kiwi'.