National Geographic : 1962 Apr
KODACHROME(ABOVE) AND HS EKTACHROMESBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER ROBERT B. GOODMAN© N.G.S. high as an African elephant and grazed on grassland. There was the Notornis, or takahe, long thought extinct until the startling dis covery of a colony a few years ago in unex plored fiordland of the South Island; and the world-famous kiwi, which forages in the bush (page 483).* Ancient forms of life have also survived in * For an account of the kiwi and the takahe, see, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: "The Kiwi, New Zealand's Wonder Bird," by Ron J. Anderson, September, 1955; and "Finding an 'Extinct' New Zealand Bird," by R. V . Francis Smith, March, 1952. 472 these islands. The country's only notable rep tile, the lizardlike tuatara with its vestigial third eye, is the world's most archaic; it be longs to the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth (page 485). This, then, was the strange green land, a treasure locked in vast ocean, lost in time, unseen by human eye, untouched by human foot until after the time of Christ. The name that the early Maoris gave the country was Tiritiri o te Moana. Which means "the gift of the sea."