Nga Papaka Wananga

26 February 2020

Kia ora koutou, there is a ngā pāpaka wānanga from 5.30pm on Friday (February 28) to 11am on Sunday (March 1), at Tahuwhakatiki Marae

It is a kaitiakitanga and biosecurity collaboration between the hapū of Te Tahuna o Rangataua, Manaaki Te Awanui and NIWA New Zealand.

This project aims to develop and trial pest crab trapping and surveillance methods utilising traditional Māori knowledge to assist in removing a recent threat to our harbour, the Asian paddle crab.

Just this week the Bay of Plenty Regional Council announced that underwater trapping across the Bay of Plenty coastline this summer confirmed the invasive pest had become well established in Tauranga Moana and had spread further along the coast.

The crabs were first found in Tauranga Harbour in January 2018 when two were caught near Matapihi Bridge. Following the discovery, almost 1200 traps were placed around the harbour, last summer catching just eight crabs.

This summer the number caught has risen to 42 for Tauranga Harbour and for the first time two crabs were also caught in Ōhiwa Harbour.

The wānanga next weekend is open to all whānau who are interested in sharing and learning about the kaupapa. This stage looks to utilise our own mātauranga-based trapping methods that we can trial over the coming year.

Come for the day or stay the night.

If you have any questions regarding details of the wānanga please contact Kia Māia on 027 959 7384 or email:

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

Photos / Bay of Plenty Regional Council

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