Waitara Kaimoana Survey

Titiro tui muri, haere whakamua; look backwards to move forward

Project Overview

A local hapū, the Waitara community and marine scientists have joined forces to survey the health of marine life on the Airedale reef, off the Taranaki coast.

The Airedale reef is part of the Waitara reef system, which was last surveyed 15 years ago by members of the Otaraua hapū. The citizen science group is exploring the health and abundance of kaimoana on the reef to monitor for any changes since then. The project is also exploring the value of customary practices and help young people understand the responsibilities of kaitiakitanga.


Otaraua Hapū, Waitara Alive, Taranaki Regional Council