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Discover Moa with Local Film-maker at Dunedin City Library

Discover Moa with Local Film-maker at Dunedin City Library

Dunedin (Friday 22 March 2013) – Local documentary film-maker and author Quinn Berentson will be at Dunedin City Library on Wednesday 27 March from 6.00pm, to talk about the life and death of the Moa, New Zealand’s legendary bird, and the journey of discovery that drove him to write his book.

The Moa became extinct long before the arrival of European settlers to New Zealand, but historically, the Otago and Canterbury regions were once thriving habitats for Moa. The Dunedin region, in particular, has become hugely important for scientists and archaeologists as they uncover more information about these birds. Places such as Karitane are rich with discoveries, and urban hot-spots such as the Esplanade at St Clair appear to have once been a popular place for Māori to eat Moa and socialise - long before flat whites and cheese rolls became a dietary staple for the South Island.

When their bones were first re-discovered, this flightless giant took the world by storm, and skeletons and preserved remains from our area were shipped to museums across the globe, where they continue to ‘wow’ millions of people every year. For scientists, recent discoveries about Moa DNA are offering unprecedented insight into the evolution of the species.

Berentson’s experience, as a writer, director and producer for companies such as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and National Geographic, have stood him in good stead for the intensive love and research that went onto producing his book. His talk will delve into the world of the Moa – its way of life, appearance and evolution, as well as its demise - and the feverish rivalry that was sparked between the explorers and scientists who re-discovered them. Audience members will also learn about the myths and mysteries surrounding the bird – some of which persist to this day.

Book sales and signings will be available on the evening, and people are encouraged to book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Author Talk: MOA. Quinn Berentson
Follow the life and death of New Zealand’s legendary bird. Writer, documentary film maker and photographer, Quinn Berentson takes you on a voyage of re-discovery.
Wednesday 27 March, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
4th Floor, City Library
Bookings essential: 03 474 3690 or library@dcc.govt.nz
FREE

ENDS

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