The Institute for Kiwi Studies

Oh yes. It turns out the Māori translation we were using for the translation of the fictional Institute for Kiwi Studies had a slight grammatical error; thanks to Professor Ray Harlow of the University of Waikato, who wrote the most up-to-date Māori language grammar, it should be “Te Tari Mātauranga o te Tokoeka,” and indeed, it is concerned with the study of the South Island kiwi, Apteryx australis.

Kiwis feed on worms, berries, insects, leaves, reptiles, and amphibians. They locate their food by scratching through the dead leaves with their claws or by probing the ground with their bill.

Kiwi!

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