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Te Wai Māori established the Wai Ora Fund in 2012, and the Tiaki Wai Fund in 2019. Over the years, the funds have collectively distributed over $2M to 60 iwi and hapū led projects

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Tuna Monitoring in Lake Rotoroa – Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō

As part of the settlement of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō with the Crown, the iwi can harvest tuna from Nelson Lakes for customary purposes. This kaupapa combines cultural revitalisation and conservation—ensuring that tuna harvests are sustainable and increasing knowledge of the tuna populations. Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō project weighing tuna (Photo credit: Naomi Aporo-Manihera) Initially, mahi was set to begin monitoring the tuna population in Rotoroa during Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō’s September 2021 annual harvest. However, due to COVID, the harvest/monitoring was delayed and instead carried out this year on the 25th and 26th of January, as part of the iwi’s Mana Rangatahi Programme. Working with the Department of Conservation, (DOC), 14 nets were set overnight at a range of locations throughout the lake. The catch didn’t disappoint, [...]

April 1st, 2022|Funded Projects, Tiaki Wai Fund|

Whangawehi Catchment Restoration Project

Overview The focus for the Wai Ora application was to enhance the 40 ha network of wetland retired in 2000 on the Taharoa Trust. These wetlands play a key role in filtering and cleansing the water as well as offering key habitats for our local biodiversity. The owners intend to spray the weeds and enhance their wetlands by in filling native trees where needed. This year, we have focused our resources on 2 wetlands around Sues’ garden. Weeds have been sprayed off late in November and plantings were established in May 2019. A clean site around a wetland has been planted in September with 300 flaxes. The WCMG has managed a community-led restoration programme since 2013 and the implementation of their catchment management plan was supported by Wai Ora funding. The management plan, initially, focused on [...]

June 9th, 2019|Funded Projects|

Wai Ora Lake Ōkataina Fisheries Project

About the project The Lake Ōkataina Taonga Fisheries Project is a joint collaboration between Te Arawa Lakes Trust and Ngāti Tarawhai Iwi Trust to undertake baseline kōura assessment using traditional Tau Kōura methods on Lake Ōkataina. Lake Ōkataina is one of fourteen lakes within the Rotorua region and is located 30 minutes from the Rotorua city centre on State Highway 30. Lake Okataina and surrounding lakes The Lake Ōkataina Taonga Fisheries Project enabled local hapū members to actively participate in kōura monitoring under the expert guidance of local expert, Dr Ian Kusabs, supported by Joe Butterworth and environmental experts from Te Arawa Lakes Trust. This project sought to provide the hapū of Lake Ōkataina with a knowledge base about kōura species within the Te Arawa lakes – via a baseline assessment project and ongoing [...]

May 9th, 2019|Funded Projects|
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