Ki ngā karangatanga maha o te ao, whakarongo ki nga ngaru e papaki mai ana ki uta
Haere ngā mate haere
Whati pai ana te kanohi ora
Ngā iwi, ngā hapū haere tōtika te haere
Kaua e kotiti atu i te huarahi kua para nei mōu
Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui
Tihei mauri ora


To the many identities nationwide behold the waves crashing on the shore
Remember those who have departed
Whilst those of us who remain (alive) continue unabated
Each tribe and sub tribe be strong in your resolve to forge a pathway ahead
Do not stray from the direction you have set
Be strong, be resolute, be determined

Te Tiaki Mahinga Kai is about connections.

Connections with kaitiaki, scientists, fishers, managers – anyone who cares
about mahinga kai and the natural resources here in New Zealand.

We aim to sustainably enhance the cultural, economic, social, and environmental well being of well-being of Māori, and New Zealand as a whole, through experiential learning, research, public awareness, and dialogue.

Te Tiaki Mahinga Kai (TMK) means ‘guarding the customary food gathering areas,’ but it also signals a wider agenda of sustainable environmental management through the application of kaitiakitanga (Māori environmental stewardship).

  • Our Vision

    Find out about our Values & Objectives

    The Waikouaiti River.
  • Our Research & Monitoring

    Check out what our team's been up to

  • Marine Cultural Health Index

    Resource indicators for Ngāi Tahu

  • The Mahinga Kai team

    Staff, students and many others involved

  • Look at the TMK resources

    AMTs, kai, stock assessments and more


Recent news

We are pleased to announce that a member of the TMK team, Emma Kearney has been awarded funding in the …

Get involved!

See how you can contribute to the ongoing collaboration of researchers, Maori community leaders and fishers.


Chris Hepburn, Marine Sciences Department, University of Otago
Office: 310 Castle Street, Room 144  |  Tel: 64 3 479 7462  |  Email: chris.hepburn@otago.ac.nz