Kea are known for being utterly fearless around humans. This can be both a blessing and a curse; on the one hand, many tourists fall in love with the kea’s comical antics. On the other, this fearlessness combined with the parrot’s natural curiosity has led them to cause significant damage to property. Kea have been known to rifle through clothes, open backpacks, strip windshield wipers and rubber sealant from cars. They are also unrepentant thieves, flying away with anything that catches their fancy. One kea flew through the open window of a camper van, making away with a bag containing $900 of a tourist’s money. And a Scottish tourist got the shock of his life when a kea flew off with his passport! The tourist in question stated: “My passport is somewhere out there in Fiordland. The kea’s probably using it for fraudulent claims or something. I’ll never look at a kea in the same way.”
More than 2 million people around the world marched today to stand together in solidarity, celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of our communities. New Zealand was the first country to give women the right to vote, and the first to march today; we marched because women’s rights are HUMAN rights. Today I stood and marched with pride.