11 Jun 2024

Freshwater fish release at Zealandia

From Afternoons, 1:15 pm on 11 June 2024

Zealandia and Taranaki Whānui ki te Ūpoko o te Ika have begun releasing freshwater bully into the Wellington ecosanctuary after collecting them using a traditional method.

While Toitoi  are common around New Zealand, but prior to 2023, they'd been completely lost from Zealandia.

Whakaweku is a traditional Māori catching method using bundles of rārahu - bracken fern - that was tried as a collection method for this project.

NIWA freshwater ecologist Mark Fenwick speaks to Jesse.

A person cups water and a small brown fish in their hands.

The translocation of 160 toitoi is thought to be the first in modern times. Photo: Zealandia

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