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Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust

Reproduced from the Rongowhakaaata Newsletter...

E te tini e te mano, rarau mai ki ngā pitopito kōrero o Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust mo te marama o Hōngongoi 2016.

TE TAIAO
The successful Matariki Wānanga held from 23-24 July at Ōhako Marae provided the Īnanga Spawning Ground Restoration and Enhancement group with the opportunity to present background to their project which is a collaborative project between the Rongowhakaata Iwi trust and the Gisborne District Council.

Why do Īnanga need our help?
The life cycle of Īnanga has four critical stages – migration, stream residence, spawning, and marine growth.

Īnanga spawn amongst riparian vegetation in estuarine areas, usually near the upper limit of the saltwater wedge associated with high tides. The eggs remain above the water level until the next spring tide when they hatch and are washed out to sea.

They prefer long vegetation, which will give their eggs good protection from becoming dehydrated. It has been predicted that the same spawning sites are used year after year; therefore critical spawning areas can be protected and improved.

What is the Group doing?
In 2016 the group received funding from Te Wai Māori to complete this project which included them initially confirming Īnanga spawning sites of significance to Rongowhakaata Iwi. Following on were exercises including monitoring and assessing Īnanga health and gathering local stories to better understand these spawning sites and water bodies.

What does the Group want to do?
The group plans to plant, protect and enhance the selected sites to reflect their historical and cultural values alongside our Kaitiaki and ahi kaa, hold wānanga and become independent and resourced monitors of the water quality and our īnanga.

For more information, please contact
Te Rina Whaanga or Dean Hawkins at:
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