News from the Natural World: Top 50 Humans of the Year – the list is finally in and the animals have agreed on this years list of absolute top class humans.
Here at The Platypus, our team of animal journalists work around the clock, day in day out, to bring you the latest satirical news affecting the natural world. Alan the Ant once worked for a whole week straight, satirical gold dripping from his pen, before working himself into oblivion. We even had one staff member, The Slow Worm, who had no eyelids, she was constantly awake and constantly writing. Her bleary eyes stared through her writing pad as she endlessly searched for golden satirical nuggets. But sometimes, just sometimes, being that satirical, day after day, takes its toll. So we came up with the idea of doing one piece of serious work a year, just one.
So we put our heads together and came up with the idea of congratulating and highlighting some humans who are really working rather hard to save animals. We know that you’re not all mindless consuming creatures of unfathomable greed. Some of you are bloody awesome and we want to laud the work of those humans dedicating their lives to helping us, the Animals, out. Without further ado, we present to you the Top 50 Humans of the Year – By the Animals.
*please feel free to angrily disagree on the selection and order, that’s the point really isn’t it…
Top 50 Humans of the Year
Number 50 – Liam Kokaua
Liam Kokaua is a Māori with ‘akapapa’anga to Rarotonga, Avarau (Palmerston), Manihiki, Rakahanga, Mangaia, Tongareva and Tahiti Nui. He has lived in Tāmaki-makau-rau and Rarotonga, and recently graduated with a Masters of Indigenous Studies focusing on Rarotonga Māori natural resource management. He has recently moved to Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne) to work for the Gisborne District Council in the area of ecological restoration (helping us animals look after our homes). In addition, he has a deep passion for preserving forms of Indigenous knowledge about nature and is active in the regeneration of many dialects of Māori found in Te Moana Nui o Kiva. He is a passionate defender of the history and culture of indigenous communities and the lands they fight to protect.
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