31st March 2019
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Commercial Fishing – differing perspectives

…boat from a historic Ngāi Tahu fishing base at Ōtākou on Otago Harbour. For Michelle, who looks after the compliance and regulations side of the business, fishing runs in her…

5th October 2017
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Otago Harbour Ōtākou was the name for a channel that ran down the eastern (southern) side of the Otago Harbour from the mouth to Harwood Point, past the whaling station…

6th October 2015
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Fortune favours the brave

…Ōtākou, where he had tribal links with his Te Ātiawa iwi. Initially he worked as a coxswain on the pilot boat on Otago Harbour, until he and a few others…

23rd September 2016
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Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou welcomes new mātaitai

…and to the mouth of the Otago Harbour. Donna Matahaere, Chairperson, Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou, says the rūnanga is thrilled with the decision. “We have been working to establish this…

4th March 2016
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Toitū Tauraka Waka recognised as Wāhi Tūpuna

Otago harbour at the time of colonial settlement in the Otago region. Situated beside the Toitū Creek as it emptied into the harbour, the tauraka waka site provided a softly…

8th August 2014
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Taiaroa launched

Taiaroa making its way into the harbour. A few weeks ago, members of the Taiaroa whānau and Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou welcomed Port Otago’s new tug Taiaroa, as it entered…

3rd July 2013
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He Kōrero Pākahi
Tīwai, Southland’s economic anchor?

…sign (pointing towards the village of Aramoana). The sign refers to a 1970s public campaign that resisted the establishment of an aluminium smelter at the entrance to Otago Harbour. The…

30th June 2013


Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou Ōtākou Runaka is near the end of Otago Peninsula, Dunedin. Traditionally, the Otago Harbour has been of significant importance as a food source for the Ōtākou…

20th July 2015
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Talented rangatahi research at sea

…a five-day expedition from August 26-30, which includes visiting Ōtākou Marae and staying on Quarantine island in Otago Harbour. They will be mentored by experienced marine scientists and will spend…

31st March 2017
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Kā Whare Māori ki Awarua: Bluff’s “Māori Houses”

…Deverell, Walter, ca 1853-1920: The Bluff.[ca 1900]. Ref: E-203-q-005. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. Awarua, or Bluff Harbour, was a site of cross-cultural encounter from at least as early…