KuneKune (aka Maori Pigs)
 These pigs come from the Maori tribe of New Zealand and are descendants of Asian pigs left there by whalers or traders. In fact, “kunekune” means “plump” in Maori. In 1984 Michael Willis and John Simister created a breed recovery program established from 18 animals captured in the Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Willowbanks Wildlife Reserve. Most KuneKunes found today are descendants of these 18 pigs. These pigs were first imported to the United States in 1995 by Katie Rigby of Abilene, KS with help from the New Zealand KuneKune Breeders Association and Maori Tribe. Several years later Katie Rigby and Gwin (Brooks) Stam of Jefferson, Oregon imported a second group. Most of the original KuneKune were kept by Rigby, with the remainder going to Oregon as the West Coast Herd set up by Stam and Pam Bell. Years later, when the KuneKune Registery of the America’s went defunct, the Rigby herd was split between New York and Mt. Pleasant, NC. In 2005 Jim and Lori Enright, co-founders of the American KuneKune Breeders Association (est.2006), imported KuneKunes from the UK. KuneKune pigs are relatively small and highly distinctive. They are characterized by their short legs, dumpy appearance, pot tummy, short upturned nose, and general fat, rotund appearance. Some may have “pire pire,” or wattles, hanging from their lower jaw. They come in a range of color from black, white, gold, tan, brown, and combinations of these. They are friendly and mild mannered, and as a meat pig are easily fattened on grass. They are slow to mature and may continue to grow until around 4 years old. The New Zealand KuneKune Association is working to establish a standard for miniature KuneKune pigs which they set as under 50cm (around 19.5 inches). The smaller KuneKune weigh around 95-120lbs.