Underside of Silver Fern ponga. This unique New Zealand fern became an icon on NZ butter, cheese, tobacco and the railcar on the Main Trunk Line between Auckland and Wellington. NZ was once known as Fernland.
Pūkeko is mentioned in the Māori myth 'How the Kiwi lost her wings' in which several birds of the forest are asked to come down from the trees to eat the bugs on the ground and save the forest, but all give excuses except the Kiwi who is willing to give up his colours and the ability to fly. The Pūkeko's excuse is that it looks too damp down there, and he does not want to get his feet wet. The Pūkeko is punished for his reluctance and told he must now live forever in the swamps...NZ