Māori knowledge can help New Zealand get rid of predators but it mustn't be whitewashed | Tame Malcolm
Indigenous methods of tackling ecological problems were developed by dint of necessity - there is no better impetus for successWhen I was taught how to trap possums, I was encouraged to combine the traditional knowledge of my Māori ancestors with modern technologies. An example of this is when the kawakawa plant bears fruit – the best lure to use is cinnamon. This is because the scents complement each other in the forest, to which the possums become attracted.I assumed this was also the case when taught to use curry powder as a lure for when the hangehange flowers blossom. Instead, it was because wasps were very active at the time and I learned curry powder is one of the few lures to which wasps are not attracted; and no one wants to fiddle with traps covered in wasps! Continue reading...
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