Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Wai Māori,
Hona Edwards (Ngāpuhi)
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Hona Edwards was born in Whangarei and grew up in Motatau. He joined the New Zealand Defence Force, and served for two years, based in Singapore and Hong Kong. Post his military service, Hona married and has two sons, two daughters and three ātaahua mokopuna. Hona is active in Te Ao Maori, and serves on many committees, trusts and advisory groups representing his hapu in Mangakahia, Whangarei, and Northland communities.
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