July 11, 2022, 3:47 p.m.
In 2018, local hapū members Patuharakeke hapū in Takahiwai noticed a considerable amount of dead pipi at one of their gathering spots, so they contacted the Ministry for Primary Industries for advice. They were told to collect and send samples to MPI's laboratory in Wellington for testing.
After hearing about a similar situation happening in Pataua, they have collected samples from there as well and are awaiting the results.
To date, they haven't been able to say with certainty what is causing them to die, but they hope by creating a baseline for the pipi they may find the cause or reasons why.
The home people of Takahiwai want to share their knowledge and experiences with other coastal hapū of Ngātiwai and achieve their goal of bringing the pipi back in large numbers.