Notice is hereby given that pursuant to regulation 7(1) of the Tītī (Muttonbird) Regulations 1978, the annual permit day meeting will be held at Murihiku Marae, Tramway Road, Invercargill, on Saturday 13 February 2016 commencing at 10 am.

All permit applications should be in writing on forms obtained from the secretary, and forwarded to the Rakiura Tītī Committee either at the address below by 4pm on Friday 5 February, 2016 or to the secretary’s email address. Late permit applications are to be handed in prior to the meeting commencing at 10 am.

Any nominations for committee members are to be put in writing and received or handed in at the meeting before 10am. No nominations will be accepted from the floor. [Read more…]

The Rakiura Tītī Islands Administering Body will hold its annual general meeting on 14 February 2016 at 11.30am at Murihiku Marae, 408 Tramway Road, Invercargill.

Light refreshments will be available at the conclusion of the Non-Rakiura Māori business at 12.30pm, before the resumption of the meeting for Rakiura Māori.

Permits to enter the Rakiura Tītī Islands (former Crown Islands) in accordance with the Rakiura Tītī Islands Bylaws 2005 will be dealt with at this meeting. Applications for permits must be in writing on the form set-out in the bylaws and must be received on time. [Read more…]

With only three episodes left to film, the Ngāi Tahu mahinga kai web series is almost complete.

Last month we spent a weekend in Invercargill with Cyril Gilroy and the fantastic cooks of Murihiku Marae. We went in search of toheroa and were rewarded with childhood memories of collecting shellfish and tales of horseback school-holiday adventures.

After discussing a species on the brink of extinction and issues of a sustainable take, we were treated to a feed of toheroa patties. There was no way the cooks would prepare their famous toheroa soup with cameras around.

In Karitāne, we met Khyla Russell and Brendan Flack, who introduced us to a pāua reseeding programme. We discussed declining numbers, the success of their 10-year rāhui and we witnessed a struggle for survival following a vicious starfish attack. After much manaaki we once more left our hosts with full bellies.

The Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai series is a lifestyle documentary series featuring 12 eight-minute episodes filmed in the stunning landscape of Te Waipounamu. It captures the stories and the essence of traditional food gathering practices passed down through the generations and offers a window into the lives of Ngāi Tahu whānau carrying out the food gathering traditions of their ancestors – from whitebaiting on the West Coast, tuna and pātiki on the east, medicinal rongoa plants in the north and toheroa in the far south.

The Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai series will be released in July 2015 on, and through Facebook.

Another kaimoana



Mateka cooking with gas

The sweet meat

Since autumn, kanakana/lamprey, have been migrating up the awa in Murihiku. Unfortunately over the past three years this tasty taonga has been found sick, with red skin markings (bruising/haemorrhaging), otherwise known as Lamprey Reddening Syndrome.

This year the rūnaka have been monitoring kanakana within our takiwā, with particular focus on the Aparima River. There has also been monitoring on the Waiau, where we have received help from a local.
While monitoring the Aparima River, we have discovered not only kanakana (one being a pouched adult male) but also bullies, freshwater prawns, pātiki/flounder, tuna, smelt, trout, a mallard duck (which got away) and a stoat (which didn’t get away). [Read more…]

The next round of mahinga kai regional forums have been confirmed for the following regions:

Te Tai o Marokura/ Kaikōura
Saturday 9 March at Takahanga Marae starting at 10am. [Read more…]

Hei kōrero o ō tātou mahinga kai – what does mahinga kai mean to Ngāi Tahu whānau today?
Six regional forums are currently being established by Toitū Te Whenua to support Ngāi Tahu whānau with the management of mahinga kai. The purposes of each forum are to encourage Ngāi Tahu whānau, who have an interest and passion in mahinga kai, to share their goals and aspirations and outline what issues they are experiencing in relation to health and sustainability of mahinga kai. This will help Toitū Te Whenua to focus our resources on the key mahinga kai areas and resources of importance to Ngāi Tahu whānau within each region.

Hui are currently being held with Ngāi Tahu whānau and their respective papatipu rūnanga to discuss this kaupapa.

The first round of regional forums will begin in September. Dates and venues so far include:

Te Tai o Marokura/Kaikōura region – Saturday 8 September, at Takahanga Marae, beginning at 9am.
Te Tai o Mahaanui/Canterbury region – Hosted by Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata at Port Levy. A date is currently being sought. Information will be forwarded onto rūnanga offices in the Canterbury region once a date has been confirmed.
Aoraki/South Canterbury region – Saturday 6 October 2012, at Arowhenua Marae, beginning at 10am.
Te Tai o Araiteuru/Otago region – hosted by Te Rūnanga o Moeraki. A date is currently being sought. Information will be forwarded onto rūnanga offices in the Otago region once a date has been confirmed.
Murihiku/Southland region – Saturday 27 October 2012, at Te Rau Aroha Marae Bluff, beginning at 10am.
Te Tai Poutini/West Coast region – Both a date and venue are yet to be confirmed.

If you are interested in attending and participating in any of these forums, or if you have any questions then please call Joe Wakefield on (03) 234 8196 or 021 832 137 or you can email him at [email protected]