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iKARERE - Te Wai Māori Trust - June  2014


Water quality, quantity keys to restoring eel populations

Immediate and concerted national action is required to improve both the quality and quantity of water in New Zealand’s rivers and streams if our valuable eel populations are to be restored to healthy levels, the inaugural Māori Eel Symposium was told this week. More than 160 eel management experts gathered at Hopuhopu, near Hamilton, to discuss sustainability and environmental concerns relating to New Zealand’s native eel populations.

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Eel Symposium generates national interest

Thank you to everyone who attended the Māori Eel Symposium at Hopuhopu. We hope you found it educational and informative. We had an excellent array of scientific presentations and these are available for download on our website here.

Te Wai Māori Trust thanks everyone who gave presentations – Mark Griffiths from the Ministry for Primary Industries; Mike Holmes from the Eel Enhancement Company; Bill Chisholm from the South Island Eel Industry Association; Sam Tamarapa from Ngati Maru (Taranaki) Fishing and Cindy Baker from NIWA; Ian Ruru and the team from Te Wananga o Aotearoa; Ben Potaka from Whanganui; Nicholas Manukau and Erina Watene-Rawiri from Tainui; Dr Anke Zernack and Maurice Takarangi from Te Ohu Tiaki o Rangitane; and Tohe Ashby from Nga Tirairaka o Ngati Hine.

We wish to thank everyone for their assistance with the field trips – Walt Walter for opening up his eel factory for viewing and Genesis Energy for demonstrating the eel enhancement project. We would also like to thank the Waikato Raupatu River Trust, for its assistance, and the Waikato-Tainui College of Research & Development staff for making everyone welcome.

Kia ora,
Ken Mair
Chair, Te Wai Māori Trust


Contact Te Wai Māori Trust - phone: +64 4 931 9500 website: www.waimaori.maori.nz

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