Tūhoe has held customary rights to kaimoana from the mouth of the Ōhiwa harbour through to Ahiaua pipi beds for hundreds of years. Traditionally our people would traverse Te Urewera through Waimana, Nukuhou and come out near Kutarere and settle there for a short time during summer to gather kaimoana.
Like most relationships, our interactions with neighbouring Iwi Te Whakatōhea and Ngati Awa would ebb and flow between tension and harmony. Usually it was reciprocal, and Tūhoe hapū and whānau would bring kai from Te Urewera in exchange for gathering kai moana.
No pikipiki mai, no hekeheke atu
The above whakatauki conveys that despite the passing generations, Tūhoe lives in a series of nurturing relationships with the land as with the people.
THE FISHERIES ACT
The Fisheries Act recognises Māori fishing for customary purposes, as well as giving commercial and recreational fishers access to kaimoana in a sustainable way.
tūhoe fish quota limited (tfql)
For Tūhoe today, our way of looking after the kaimoana from the Ōhiwa pataka kai is through Tūhoe Fisheries Quota Limited. The Fish quota system helps guide sustainable fishing practices and ensures the kaimoana we gather is replenishing for future generations.