Ben Potaka

Whanganui Catchment Wide Strategy,
Ben Potaka (Ngāti Tuera)

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Ben is well known on the Whanganui River as one of the experts of tuna and Piharau.  Raised on the Awa, Ben credits his passion and knowledge as a responsibility passed down to him by his Kaumatua. He has worked alongside his hapu and other kaitiaki to share and pass on how he was taught, the stories, histories and tikanga.

Ben has recently worked alongside Te Kura o Kokohuia on a Wetlands and Tuna Project, and is currently leading the Fisheries Coordination Group, as part of a Whanganui River Strategy for Te Awa Tupua.

Ben will present his insights into the development of the Whanganui Catchment Wide Strategy.  The strategy aims to advance the protection, management and sustainable use of freshwater fisheries in the catchment. Ben will also discuss the collaborative process they are undertaking to explore the development of a regulatory mechanism providing for customary food gathering. 


National efforts to improve management of piharau / kanakana

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