News & Events

Te Pūnaha Hihiko Vision Mātauranga Grant

28 June, 2016 | Posted in Other

We are pleased to announce that a member of the TMK team, Emma Kearney has been awarded funding in the 2016 Te Pūnaha Hihiko – Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund investment round. Supported by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai unit and research/academic staff from the University of Otago, Emma’s project will use mātauranga and modern scientific […]

Benthic survey at Whareponga, East Cape

13 May, 2016 | Posted in Other

Benthic resurvey at Whareponga on the East Cape of the North Island. From the 6th to the 9th of May 2016, TMK team and local community members conducted a survey to provide the local whānau with information on key species within the local fishery (pāua, kōura, kina and toetoe). The team focused on repeating surveys last undertaken in 2011 and […]

Successful CARIM Unit Replacement

5 April, 2016 | Posted in Other

Today a dive team consisting of TMK team members Chris, Derek & CARIM researcher Michelle supported by Sean Heseltine aboard the University of Otago’s Beryl Brewin and surface support Aquaculture and Fisheries Students replaced the CARIM logging system. The existing SeaFET ocean pH monitoring system was retrieved and replaced. Water samples were collected at the waters […]

The East Otago Taiāpure pāua resurvey is now complete

11 March, 2016 | Posted in Other

The Mahinga Kai Monitoring and Enhancement team would like to extend their profound thanks to those people who volunteered their time helping in the latest East Otago Taiāpure (EOT) pāua survey. This information is now being provided back to the EOT Management Committee and is key to the customary management of the fishery.

East Otago Taiāpure Pāua Surveys 2016

2 March, 2016 | Posted in Other

East Otago Taiāpure pāua surveys underway. With help from University of Otago volunteers and Te Tiaki Mahinga Kai (TMK) team members, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu’s Mahinga Kai monitoring team are currently undertaking pāua surveys within the East Otago Taiāpure (EOT). This will be the third complete survey of pāua in set monitoring sites within […]

Fisheries & Aquaculture Student Presentations at Puketeraki Marae

14 February, 2016 | Posted in Other

At 10.30 am on Monday the 15th of February all members of the community are welcome to the Puketeraki Marae to hear preliminary findings from University of Otago Aquaculture and Fisheries student research projects. Supported by members of the TMK team, University of Otago Staff, East Otago Taiāpure management committee and Karitane community eight separate […]

First CARIM Sampling Unit Replacement

11 February, 2016 | Posted in Other

Today a dive team consisting of TMK team members Chris, Dan & Emma supported by a surface crew of Brendan & Tasman and Aquaculture & Fisheries students Daniel & Sarah on the Moana nui waka and Sean on the University of Otago’s research boat Typhoon- successfully replaced the CARIM (Coastal Acidification: Rate, Impacts & Management) project’s […]

Pāua Survey Waitutu Mātaitai

2 February, 2016 | Posted in Other

From the 24th to the 30th of January 2016 Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu’s Mahinga Kai Monitoring & Enhancement team and TMK team members conducted a resurvey of the Waitutu pāua population. This survey followed up on baseline surveys undertaken prior to the establishment of Waitutu Mātaitai in 2010. The team focused on the abundance and […]

TMK MSc Graduate joins Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai Monitoring and Enhancement Team

1 November, 2015 | Posted in Other

Tasman Gillies has returned to the TMK team as an Environmental Advisor- Mahinga Kai Monitoring and Enhancement, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Based in Christchurch Tasman will be part of the team that aims to implement a monitoring framework for tribally significant Mahinga Kai Areas within the Ngāi Tahu Takiwā (tribal area). Find out more on Tasman in the latest Te […]

He Pataka Wai Ora Project up and running.

2 October, 2015 | Posted in Other

He Pataka Wai Ora is a research project that monitors the health of the Waikouaiti River. Led by Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, the aim of He Pataka Waiora is to provide a solid baseline of the health of the river in 2015/2016 for future monitoring. This will enable Kaitiaki to see if the environmental health (Waiora) […]


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