Ma¯ori poi used for zoo’s Aussie ex­hibit

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some­how, also my­self, pro­ducer Louisa Cleave and cam­era­man Martin An­der­son at the in­vi­ta­tion of the Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion Union of Korea.

We travel with an en­tourage and it’s a given that we’re be­ing watched and prob­a­bly lis­tened to. The jour­nal­ist from North Korean TV spent more time tak­ing pho­tos of us than the birds.

But for Adrian Riegen, it’s a price worth pay­ing to con­serve and pro­tect the shore­birds.

‘‘Yes, things can be a bit tough, but they work ex­tremely hard to make things hap­pen. They’re great peo­ple to work airs tonight on TVNZ 1 at 7.30pm. A cul­tural mishap at a Cal­i­for­nian zoo has been called of­fen­sive af­ter Aus­tralia and New Zealand were mixed up at the open­ing of an ex­hi­bi­tion.

San Diego Zoo Sa­fari Park launched its Walk­a­bout Aus­tralia ex­pe­ri­ence yes­ter­day with a group of Ma¯ori dancers.

The poi per­for­mance an­gered peo­ple who tuned into the park’s Face­book live feed, one com­ment­ing that Ma¯ori were from New Zealand, not Aus­tralia.

The zoo in­cred­i­bly replied that Ma¯ori were "na­tive" to both na­tions.

One com­menter, who claimed to be a US-based Kiwi, said they with be­cause they’re dogged, they’re de­ter­mined, but they don’t get an­gry or any­thing, they just work through the process.’’

What we find is as­ton­ish­ing: a pris­tine habi­tat for tens of thou­sands of hun­gry god­wits that the rest of the world knew noth­ing about.

There’s an even big­ger pic­ture of greater sig­nif­i­cance as North Korea stands on the brink of open­ing up to the rest of the world.

The work of the Mi­randa team has shown the North Kore­ans that they could trust for­eign­ers. were "sick of" re­peated in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion about New Zealand cul­ture.

They said the zoo’s jus­ti­fi­ca­tion had "of­fended 4.6 mil­lion New Zealan­ders and about 25 mil­lion Aus­tralians".

The zoo later edited its Face­book com­ment and apol­o­gised for the mix-up.

"Our sin­cere apolo­gies. We were given in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion.’’

San Diego Zoo gave this ‘‘sneak peak’’ of their Walk­a­bout show.

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