Conference postponed until 2022

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the Māori Freshwater Fisheries Conference (formerly the National Māori Tuna Conference) that was due to be held in November 2021 has been postponed until 2022.

Once we have received more guidance on hosting events in the current environment we will announce the date and location of the next hui.

About the next conference..

The next conference theme will be ‘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 species can be impacted upon. While humanity continues to navigate through the effects of COVID-19 at a global scale, the time has now arrived where we in Aotearoa are lucky enough to reconnect with each other for the benefit of our people, our wai and our taonga species.

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 freshwater species. It connects our maunga to the moana, and it binds us together as a people.

The 2022 Māori Freshwater Fisheries Conference will be co-hosted with Ngāti Tūwharetoa and provides an opportunity to discuss the challenges and obstacles that our wai and taonga species face, and identify opportunities and pathways we can forge together for the betterment of the domain we have been entrusted with to protect.

Head to our conference website for the latest updates.

Previous conferences


Our last freshwater fisheries 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 presentations below, or view them all on our Te Wai Māori YouTube channel.


The biennial conference has previously been run as the National Māori Tuna Conference.

You can visit our 2017 conference website for previous presentations and information.