Habitat loss and decades of commercial overfishing of eels are causing a worldwide trend in declining eel stocks. The issue is of great concern for Moeraki, Arowhenua and Waihao rūnanga, as they seek to turn back the environmental clock for tuna in Te Waipounamu.
From the remote seas of Fiordland to the restaurants of China, kōura are at the heart of Ngāi Tahu Seafood’s operations. The thriving trade is also attracting a new generation of Ngāi Tahu fishers to the industry.
This is my first issue as editor of TE KARAKA. Am I a little nervous? Of course. The phrase ‘big boots to fill’ doesn’t seem quite the right metaphor to describe the challenge set by my predecessor, Faumuinā Tafuna’i, but as editor of TE KARAKA, she set a high standard.