Iwi and local government partnerships in biosecurity : a case study of Te Arawa Catfish Killas in response to a pest fish incursion in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
MacDonald, L.; Anaru, W.
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Citation:MacDonald, L., Anaru, W. (2020). Iwi and local government partnerships in biosecurity: A case study of Te Arawa Catfish Killas in response to a pest fish incursion in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Perspectives in Biosecurity, (2020/5), 17-22. ISSN: 2538-0125. Retrieved from https://www.unitec.ac.nz/epress/index.php/perspectives-in-biosecurity-5/
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/5301
Māori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and throughout the country, local government relationships with hapū (a group or family from a common ancestor) and iwi (a post-colonial term for groups of hapū who have common ancestral links or share a geographical location) are critical to the sustainable management of natural resources. Here we describe an initiative formed in response to an incursion of brown bullhead catfish (Ameiurus nebulosus) in Lake Rotoiti and (as of December 2018) Lake Rotorua, two of the ancestral lakes under the mana whakahaere (a self-determination and decision-making role) of Te Arawa Lakes Trust. The programme involves a full-time staff member from Te Arawa Lakes Trust working directly alongside the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to progressively contain the catfish population in Lakes Rotoiti and Rotorua. To date, this project has removed over 80,000 catfish from the lakes, generated significant research findings, engaged over 500 volunteers and delivered an educational programme to over 1500 school students across the district. This partnership approach to a biosecurity project has strengthened relationships between local government, iwi, hapū and the wider community while delivering positive environmental outcomes.
Keywords:Lake Rotoiti (N.Z.), Lake Rotorua (N.Z.), Ameiurus nebulosus (brown bullhead catfish), brown bullhead catfish, catfish, Te Arawa Catfish Killas, pest fish, partnership, biosecurity, Te Arawa Lakes Trust, community engagement, fish, pest control, Aotearoa, New Zealand
ANZSRC Field of Research:050103 Invasive Species Ecology, 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
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