(Dart/Slipstream pounamu trail)
Murihiku Rūnanga are conducting research to develop a Murihiku cultural water classification system. This will assist with their freshwater management needs and aspirations. The pilot study area is at sites along the
Te Koroka Ara (Dart/Slipstream pounamu trail).

We need to collect data with a specially designed cultural monitoring programme. One of the most important elements of any cultural monitoring programme is ensuring that whānau conduct the monitoring.

It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, or if you have conducted such monitoring before. If you have enthusiasm for all things water and mahinga kai then you will have the skills to help us with this mahi. We will provide transport, accommodation, kai and some koha for your time. It will be a time of whakawhanaungatanga, gathering and sharing mātauranga and being able to visit sites of our tūpuna, as well as looking at opportunities for our future generations.

There are three hīkoi planned for different sections of the trail. Each hīkoi will last for a maximum of three days. The areas we will monitor will encompass the coastal areas from Aparima to the Lower and Mid Waiau River, Manapouri, Te Anau and Mavora Lakes, to Glenorchy and the Dart River.

You can join us for one, some or all of the hīkoi. Please register your interest with Stevie Blair at Te Ao Mārama, [email protected], 03 931 1242. You can also contact the Ōraka Aparima Rūnanga office on 03 234 8192; or email: [email protected]