Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Wai Māori,
Allan Halliday (Ngāti Hau),
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Allan was born and raised in Whangarei and lives in Akerama. He is passionate about environmental management and working for and on behalf of his marae and iwi in the Northland area. Allan is actively involved in riparian planting projects around Ngāti Hau including seed selection and propagation. Growing up with tuna as an everyday kai, Allan is to contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of tuna.
Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Wai Māori together with NIWA and funded by Living Water, are undertaking a research project looking at how the juvenile eels, (which have been moved past the Omiru Falls) are surviving. Knowledge gained from the project will help Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Wai Māori and supporting agencies in their work to increase the eel or tuna population in the Hikurangi catchment. The project combines Mātauranga Māori and western science to overcome the many obstacles facing tuna daily.
Allan and Hona will present the results of their six-year effort to revive tuna populations in local rivers and streams through a elver catch and release programme, and share insights on the research project with NIWA