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Natural History

There are around 200 objects in the Natural History Collection. Although the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust no longer collects natural history there is a significant historical collection.

Natural History Collection

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The Natural History Collection has important holdings of moa material. This includes a Dinornis moa skeleton, moa bones from the Hawke’s Bay region, moa eggs and moa footprints. Moa enthusiast Bill Hartree located a number of the nesting sites of moa in the steep Hawke's Bay hill country and this material is an important part of the collection.

There is also fern samples and shells collected by William Colenso. The collection also has specimens of extinct and rare New Zealand species such the huia bird, kiwi and a kuri skull.

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