The wallabies of Waimate - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Waimate

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Waimate in the Video tab.

Nineteenth-century settlers were often keen to introduce exotic plants and animals to New Zealand – with mixed results. Australian wallabies and possums, common around Waimate, have become serious pests, and plagues of rabbits cause massive production losses for farmers.

Related web links:
Introduced animal pests
Overrun by rabbits

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-d-00709-03-s2-pm D709.3b).

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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