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BABY eel, or 'elver' numbers in the Waikaremoana catchment have significantly dropped. Numbers peaked at 160,000 in 2015/16 and fell to around 30,000 last year. Veteran eel specialist and 2012 Science Communication Award winner Jacques Boubee, recently retired from NIWA, provided an update at the annual Genesis consultation meeting late last year. He said the elver trapping and measuring programme began in 1996 and became an...

The damage inflicted by ex-tropical cyclones last autumn were discussed at Genesis Energy's annual Waikaremoana consultative meeting. Key maintenance challenges Genesis dealt with last year included damage to the Kaitawa tailrace from erosion at the Kaitawa carpark. Read more...

The Waitangi Tribunal has published its complete Te Urewra report into the claims of the Urewera region. Although the report had previously been released in pre-publication parts on the Tribunal's website, to assist Treaty negotiations, this is the first hardcopy publication of the extensive 4182-page report. The publication of the report is the culmination of a 30-year process of receiving claims, commissioning research, holding public...

Expressions of Interest required. Ngāti Ruapani mai Waikaremoana Negotiations Trust will be the body seeking the mandate for all claims for Ngāti Ruapani mai Waikaremoana. Ngāti HInekura is seeking expressions of interest from two (2) uri who whakapapa to Hinekura and/or...

A New Year at Te Tii

12 January 2018

What an incredible year it has been at Te Tii in Ruatāhuna. Six out of seven buildings are well on their way to being complete; the seventh being the public laundry and wharepaku building which can only start once the fuel tank is in the ground! A total of 20 dedicated and talented local residents have contributed to where we’ve gotten to on site and local marae have hosted those travelling in from out of town.   There are...

Te Kawa o Te Urewera - FMC

30 November 2017

Between 1954 and 2014, the forest and ridges of Ngāi Tūhoe's homeland were largely part of Te Urewera National Park. That changed in 2014, when the area's national park status was rescinded, and instead administration of Te Urewera passed to the Te Urewera Board, made up of Tūhoe and Crown representatives. Federated Mountain Club (FMC) had to consider deeply where we stood with respect to the creation of Te Urewera through the Ngāi...

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