March 30, 2021, 4:50 p.m.
Protecting the children of Tangaroa is a responsibility Whangārei iwi, Ngātiwai takes seriously.
This was demonstrated through the recent release of two rescued sea turtles who were rehabilitated at Kelly Tarlton's aquarium in Auckland.
The loggerhead turtle and green sea turtle released were found in poor condition in 2019 and 2020.
After being nursed back to health, both were able to return to the ocean, sent off with karakia by Ngātiwai kaumātua off the coast of Tutukaka.
For the iwi, working with Kelly Tarlton's in their Turtle Conservation Program allows mātauranga Māori and marine biology to come together and helps to inform people about the pressure humans have on sea life and what can be done to help.
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