Kanakana


Understanding Kanakana

While many people recognise kanakana as a taonga species, little is actually known about them including their spawning and migration habits. Senior Environmental Advisor, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi, Dr Jane Kitson, says kanakana are very secretive creatures. “Kanakana have been around since before the dinosaur – with fossil records from 450 million years ago –…

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Mahinga kai documentary series launched

A lifestyle documentary series celebrating the stories and traditional food gathering practices of the iwi was launched in Christchurch last night. Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai is a 12-part online series offering a window into the lives of Ngāi Tahu whānau and their ancestors. Funded by New Zealand on Air and Te Māngai Pāhō, it has…

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Monitoring kanakana

Monitoring efforts are in full swing after a number of kanakana (lamprey) in the Murihiku region were found dying with unusual red skin markings and hemorrhaging in 2011. The Ministry of Primary Industries carried out testing on some of the affected kanakana however the cause of the skin abnormalities are still unknown and it is…

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Whenua – Te Au Nui (Mataura Falls)

Te Au Nui (Mataura Falls) on the Mataura River is traditionally renowned for its abundance of kanakana (lampreys). This important mahinga kai has survived against the odds. In the late 19th century it was drastically altered when the Mataura Paper Mill and the Mataura Freezing Works were established on opposite sides of the river. Fifteen metres…

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