|Ref: Auckland Weekly News, stormy petrel, Moko Hinau Island, 1937, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19371006-44-8|
Rats continue to be a nuisance, only last year, a rat weighing a staggering 900g was caught in a factory in Auckland! You have been warned, remember to tidy away and store your rubbish properly!
Below is a selection of rat related images from the heritage collections at Auckland Libraries - don't worry these photos won't bite!
There's a rat in my kitchen .. what am I going to do?
|Ref: Auckland City Council, overflowing rubbish bin with rats, Auckland, c. 1959-1960, Auckland Libraries, 580-4031|
|Ref: Auckland Weekly News, Auckland City Council waterfront rat catcher, Auckland, 1912, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19120222-16-1|
|Ref: Auckland Weekly News, Mr Neil and his rat catcher dogs, Auckland, 1921, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19210811-41-7|
|Ref: Auckland Weekly News, plague precautions on Queen Street wharf, Auckland, 1900, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19000427-5-1|
|Ref: Auckland Weekly News, a French Army rat catcher with his haul, no location, 1916 Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19160413-48-4|
|Ref: Auckland Weekly News, NZer shooting rats in the trenches, no location, 1917, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19170524-34-6|
- The library has a whole host of rat related resources for you to sink your teeth into (well not literally, please!) - browse through fiction, picture books and books on extermination.
- Not all rats are a nuisance though. The kiore, the native Māori or Pacific rat was reportedly fastidiously clean. It lived in the forests and was not a scavenger unlike the European Norway and ship/black rats. It was originally thought to have become extinct in the 1920s but is now known to have survived in a number of different locations. The kiore was an important protein source for Māori and when preserved in fat (called hauhua), it was considered to be a much prized delicacy. Find out about the kiore using library resources, the Te Ara website and Te Papa website.
- To celebrate 50 years of rat eradication, the University of Auckland is presenting a symposium on 10th September 2014, yes really a whole day of talking about rats!
Author: Natasha Barrett (NB)