The Māori Freshwater Fisheries
Conference is back for 2022

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. 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.

Registrations are not open yet, but we invite you to register your interest below to be notified when this happens.

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Previous Conferences

Previously known as the National Māori Tuna Conference, the Māori Freshwater Fisheries Conference has been running since 2015. The last conference was held in Whangārei in 2019, with the focus on the vulnerability of our freshwater taonga species to a changing climate.

You can watch some of the previous conference presentations below.

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