Pūkeko, pukakas, west coast pheasants, pookies or swamp-hens - our gawky roadside bird that needs gummies features in picture books, prose and power company TV ads. It gives our national icon a run for its money and has found a place in our hearts and history...
Māori whakataukī (sayings) often compare people's behaviour with that of birds... [more]
Old timers called them swamp hens for good reason as pooks often ended up in the stew pot... [more]
For Kiwi songsters, the pook's cheeky nature lends itself to rhyme and rhythm... [more]
The pens of Kiwi poets have tried to capture the cheeky pook's nature... [more]
Animal star Pooksta and her chicks have become the poster-pooks for Genesis Energy... [more]
Many Kiwi towns are proud of their swampy heritage and Palmy North is one of them... [more]