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Waiariki iwi seek Maori fish farm knowledge

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Waiariki-based Māori aquaculture is set to get a boost thanks to a new collaborative research project with independent organisation Scientific research body Cawthron Institute is teaming up with Waiariki iwi to develop mātauranga Māori-centred, sustainable aquaculture strategies for region.

Ngā iwi i Te Rohe o Te Waiariki has secured $250,000 from the government's Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund for the Te Kete Rau Kotahi project.

Project leader and Te Arawa Fisheries CEO Chris Karamea Insley says wild fisheries are in decline globally, so coastal iwi are keen to find sustainable alternatives.

"How do we not just create any old aquaculture but aquaculture that is underpinned by a number of things - the best science but also underpinned by our mātauranga Māori. How do we do aquaculture in a Māori way," he says.

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