8 Oct 2015

Where did the kuri come from?

From Nine To Noon, 9:44 am on 8 October 2015

Old bones from an ancient Maori oven are helping unravel the history of the Polynesian dog, or kuri, which were brought to Aotearoa by the first Maori settlers. University of Otago PhD student Karen Greig says genetic testing shows kuri are most closely related to Indonesian dogs. She says the ancient dogs had a variety of uses: guarding, hunting, cleaning and often... Eating.