Te Mana o Te Wai Tairāwhiti 2017

Te Mana o Te Wai Tairāwhiti – The Freshwater Conference 2017 was a two day symposium held 3-4 May in Uawa (Tolaga Bay) exploring how can we ensure that our freshwater remains the source of life for all things – our waiora – for generations to come. The event brought together 20 leading national and local freshwater researchers with members of the community from across Tairāwhiti.

The event was proudly supported by Te Aitanga a Hauiti Centre of Excellence, Massey University, Hikurangi Enterprises, Eastland Community Trust, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Day 1 (3rd May) involved a series of field trips around the Uawa rohe visiting sites of ecological and cultural significance to discuss historic events and contemporary issues. The day concluded with a keynote address by Professor Dame Anne Salmond and local artist Mark Kōpua.

Day 2 (4th May) featured a series of presentations on the latest research by leading freshwater scientists and researchers from Tairāwhiti and research institutions around the country. Below are videos of their presentations and we will be adding the slide presentations.

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