He Tino Taonga Te Tuna

Sept. 2, 2021, 5 p.m.

Ngā Kaitiaki o nga Wai Maori are collective of seven wider Whangārei hapū that have been looking after tuna in the region for over 20 years.

They have been looking after the wellbeing of the tuna and their awa habitats. Part of this has been trying to work with local government and the Department of Conservation, especially around the pump stations.

Kaitiaki have been transferring tuna during the migration period to avoid them being caught up and killed. Following the first heavy rain after a long dry period the tuna whakeke or migration takes place. Funding has now been provided to support their important work.

Hear from two of these dedicated kaitiaki as they give a voice to the tuna.


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