The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) invites you to participate in an online photo survey to gather information about the amount and type of algae and weed in rivers and streams that is problematic for mahinga kai values.
NIWA scientists are featured in a new 13-part science television series on Maori Television.
The series - PROJECT MATAURANGA - looks at the growth of Maori worldviews within the scientific community, anda wide range of subjects including koura management in lakes, the risks associated with eating traditional kai, and sustainable wastewater management for marae.
Gathering and eating wild kai, like koura (crayfish), watercress, tuna (eel), and more recently trout, has long been a part of tikanga (custom) for Te Arawa people. But a recent collaborative study between NIWA and the Te Arawa Lakes Trust has found that toxicants in those traditional foods could pose a risk to people's health.
What is known about life in the ocean? Even though it’s the biggest habitat on the planet, most of the ocean remains unexplored biologically. So what do we know? And how does New Zealand’s biodiversity compare with the rest of the world?
NIWA is leading a new three-year research project to investigate the contaminant levels and risk to Māori health associated with ‘wild kai’ – food gathered from the sea (kai moana), rivers (kai awa), and lakes (kai roto).