Prince Charles caused a bit of a modern day stir when, on a visit to New Zealand in 2005, he donned a cloak made from albatross feathers as he visited a Māori weaving exhibition, just three days after making a plea to save the same endangered bird! Weavers were quick to note the cloak was made from feathers humanely gathered from a nesting colony, along with weka and pūkeko roadkill!
Edward Tregear wrote in his 1904 book The Maori Race :
"Bird-skins (pohoi), dried into cylindrical shape over a rounded piece of wood, were worn fastened to the ears. The skin of the purple swamp-hen (pukeko: Porphyrio melanotus) soaked in titoki-berry-oil and scented with fragrant tarata gum was often tied to the ear or worn round the neck."