If you don't know much about Kune kune pigs (pronounced Cooney Cooney) then it's no surprise as they are not only very rare but are not a native British breed. Kunes are a small and extremely friendly little pig from New Zealand, though they are not native of New Zealand either. There are many theories as to how they got there and they may in fact be the result of the breeding of a number different pig breeds, but whatever their origins, they have evolved into the most delightful little pigs.
Hamish- Ranging as pigs were meant to do - as happy as a pig in clover
Having formed a staple part of the indigenous peoples diet, the Kune pig eventually fell out of favour with the Maoris and by the 1970’s they were on the brink of extinction. It was then that two wildlife park owners, Michael Willis and John Simster bought every Kune Kune they could find for sale and began to revive the breed from a breeding stock of only 18 pigs. By 1992 though the Kune Kunes had worked their little piggy charm on Zoe Lindop and Andrew Calvely who were responsible for bringing the first specially bred genetically varied herd to Britain.
Beautiful leg of kune kune pork
Kune Kune - being this cute can be exhausting!
With thanks to Rea Jones, Alison Stephen and the Kune Kune Pigs UK Facebook group.