Te Wai Māori is pleased to announce that after a three-year hiatus due to COVID, the Māori Freshwater Fisheries Conference is returning for 2022!

The conference provides an opportunity to kōrero and share expertise, knowledge and understanding of our indigenous fisheries and their habitat as well as identify opportunities and pathways to better protect our wai and taonga.

The two-day in-person event will be held at the Great Lake Centre, Taupō from 31 August to 1 September, and co-hosted with Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

The year’s conference theme is ‘Ngā Waiherehere’ – the combining of many streams, flowing out to the moana as one.

While connection through whakapapa is absolute, the global pandemic has proved that our physical connection to each other, our awa and our taonga can be impacted upon.

While humanity continues to navigate through the effects of COVID at a global scale, the time has now arrived when we in Aotearoa are lucky enough to reconnect with each other for the benefit of our people, our wai and our taonga.

Waiherehere speaks to the binding quality of our water. It provides us with life, it provides us with healing, and it is the home to our taonga. It connects our maunga to the moana, and it binds us together as a people.

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