News and Events

AQFI301 Field Course Held in Moeraki

2 February, 2024 | Posted in Other

For the first time, the AQFI301 field course was held in Moeraki, hosted at the Uenuku Marae. The course was well attended, with students focusing on pāua, fucoidan work, and macroalgal assemblages. This is one of three AQFI301 courses that are held annually, with the other two courses held in Karitāne, hosted at the Puketeraki […]

Iongairo: Funding Secured to Habitat Map the Seafloor in Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū

15 January, 2024 | Posted in Other

Earlier in 2022, Matt Desmond and his wider team were appointed as the science partner on the research project, Iongairo. Iongairo is a collaborative partnership between papatipu rūnanga of Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū, the Department of Conservation and Environment Canterbury. Iongairo is kupu Māori, representing the relationship between Papatūānuku and Tangaroa — the first knowledge of the meeting […]

14th Annual East Otago Taiāpure Research Evening

15 December, 2023 | Posted in Other

The 14th annual East Otago Research Evening was held on the 5th of December on the Huriawa Peninsula. The night saw 12 student speakers present their research that was conducted within, and surrounding the East Otago Taiāpure with the wider community.

11th Annual East Otago Taiāpure Research Evening

11 November, 2020 | Posted in Other

On the of the 10th of November the 11th annual research evening was held at the Puketeraki Marae. Here students from the University of Otago shared their research that was conducted within, and surrounding the East Otago Taiāpure with the wider community. The night had a great turn out, with students from Anne-Marie Jackson, Chris […]

Taking Pāua Prohibited in the East Otago Taiāpure

3 March, 2020 | Posted in Other

New regulations (12 December, 2019) now prohibit the commercial and recreational take of pāua within the East Otago Taiāpure. These regulations came into place after 12 years of baseline surveys and monitoring, and have the overall aim of rebuilding fish stocks within the taiāpure. The other new regulations include: prohibit harvesting of attached kelp within […]

Undaria Found and Removed in Broad Bay, Stewart Island, 2020

3 March, 2020 | Posted in Other

In late January 2020, the University of Otago’s research vessel, Polaris II, cruised down to Broad Bay Stewart Island in response to concerns over the presence of Undaria. On arrival, snorkelers swam the perimeter of the bay and located 441 Undaria pinnatifida individuals on an artificial structure. Brown seaweed surveys were conducted at both the […]

2020 East Otago Taiāpure Pāua Surveys underway

2 March, 2020 | Posted in Other

University of Otago staff and students, community volunteers, and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu’s Mahinga Kai monitoring team are currently undertaking pāua surveys within the East Otago Taiāpure. This will be the fourth complete survey of pāua in set monitoring sites within the EOT since 2008. The information collected from surveys will provide insight into the […]

Fourth Undaria Clearance in the East Otago Taiāpure

2 March, 2020 | Posted in Other

As part of her PhD project, Gaby Keeler-May and volunteers from the community successfully cleared just under 12 tonnes of Undaria pinnatifida from 6 sites within the East Otago Taiāpure from November 2019 – January 2020. Sites will be monitored over the next two years for the presence of Undaria, and native seaweed assemblage.

First Scientific Pāua Translocation in the East Otago Taiāpure

2 March, 2020 | Posted in Other

The first scientific pāua translocation has been completed within the East Otago Taiāpure, where a source stock of pāua have been translocated to 10 intertidal and 10 subtidal areas that have been subject to high fishing pressure. Louise Bennett-Jones, with guidance from Dr Gaya Gnanalingam and Assc. Prof Chris Hepburn, is investigating tools and techniques […]

He Pātaka Wai Ora Survey Complete, 2020

2 March, 2020 | Posted in Other

The Mahinga Kai Freshwater Monitoring team would like to extend their profound thanks to those people who volunteered their time helping in the latest He Pātaka Wai Ora Survey, January 2020. The aim of these surveys is to gather information on riparian vegetation, the aquatic plants and algae, invertebrate presence and abundance, and the instream habitat […]


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