Weka on the menu

Wednesday, 3 February 2010, 10:00 am
Press Release: Federated Farmers

Media Release
3 February 2010

This bird is a Weka, which is also the name of a well-known suite of machine learning tools.

Reasons to farm weka

Federated Farmers is backing entrepreneurial farmer, Roger Beattie, in his quest to secure trial approval to supply farmed weka.

“Here’s a true Kiwi entrepreneur who ought to have every policy encouragement to see if a new market can be created,” says Donald Aubrey, Federated Farmers game spokesperson.

“Mr Beattie firmly believes that the weka can be domesticated and if that’s the case, it could well become our version of the turkey. After all, that’s a bird native to the Americas that is now commonly farmed around the world. The turkey was domesticated around 500BC.

“I think the reaction from TVNZ’s Close-Up on Monday evening shows New Zealanders are open-minded to new possibilities. 85 percent of respondents felt Mr Beattie should be given the room to try. We do, too.

“New Zealand is a unique country and it stands to reason that our fauna has the unique potential to be farmed as well. As Mr Beattie rightly points out, no farmed species has ever become extinct. Really, it’s the complete opposite when it comes to farming.

Full press release on scoop.co.nz