Manaaki Tuna Project

In partnership with The Waikato Tainui college for research and development, The Waikato Regional Council and Agresearch, Habitat tuna ponds were created through excavating, fencing and planting. Within a few weeks of the project's completion, Tuna were showcased at an informative wānanga held at Mangatoatoa Marae.

The rangatahi in attendance helped set and retrieve nets, learnt about the three freshwater tuna species, the long life cycle of a tuna and how to determine the age,  the challenges faced by tuna such as habitat loss and overfishing.


To give marae, hapū and community access to diverse wetland projects with tuna and other freshwater kai and native bird life

Goals: Capacity development

Marae have the capacity and capability to improve habitat diversity and enable marae to be empowered to participate as Kaitiaki of their significant waterways, flora and fauna.

Funded by:

  • Waikato - Tainui College and Research