Apparent Zealandia Kaka Bite Marks in Avocado
Images of damage to Avocado Crop near Zealandia Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand. The crescent shape is consistent with bite marks from parrots on humans (1). I could not find any photos of Kaka bite marks but I can't see how it can be anything other than the NZ parrot known as Kaka from the recently instituted Zealandia Native Reserve.
If this is damage from Kaka I find this rather annoying, I'm not against reserves or natives, I plant quite a few natives myself, but always edible ones where I live, alongside edible exotics. I think people genuinely concerned about the environment will want to plant edible and useful plants near where people live to reduce unnecessary resource depletion, waste and pollution associated with transportation. Unproductive untouched reserves like Zealandia are, in my opinion, better located in remote locations away from people for the good of both people and pristine native ecosystems. Having them in central city areas may even perpetuate the myth that modern cities are part of a system that is ecologically viable, just needing a little cosmetic tweaking.
At the very least it's worth noting it is not automatic moral perfection establishing nature reserves in the city, there are costs, some potentially very serious for certain types of nature lovers such as gardeners.