Kune Kune Pig

Sus scrofa

KuneKune piglets1


Domesticated animals, origin uncertain. 'Discovered' in New Zealand, these pigs are now farmed worldwide


Grasslands and native bush


Like all pigs, kune kune are omnivorous, however they require less protein than most other breeds and will fatten and thrive on a diet of grass alone


3 months, with litters of 6-8 piglets


15 years



Conservation Status:



The origin of the breed is uncertain because no documented information exists regarding its introduction to New Zealand. The breeds’ history is closely associated with the Maori people of New Zealand. It is possible they were brought here by early Maori arrivals to New Zealand.

Physically, kune kune are true to their name (meaning 'fat and round' in Maori). A male can weigh up to 317kg and female 227kg.

The breed comes in many colours including black, black and white, ginger, tortoiseshell and various combinations. An unusual feature of the pigs is the two small fleshy tassels that hang from the lower jaw, a short (squashed in) snout and short legs. In hot weather, kune kune love wallowing to prevent overheating and sunburn.

At Hamilton Zoo:

Our kune kune pigs are a much loved part of the Hamilton Zoo family. We have eleven kune kune, six female and five male.

Crackle - 18 January 2007
Chiquita - 15 February 2007
Anna - 24 October 2007
Charlotte - 28 February 2012
Stitch - 12 February 2014
GG - 15 April 2018

Gavin (6 December 2016)
Tyrion - 25 October 2018