Te Pātaka Kai o Tūwiriroa – new film launched

Te Pātaka Kai o Tūwiriroa shines a light on the formerly bountiful food storehouses of Tūwiriroa, the Kāti Māmoe rakatira (chief). It alludes to the work of restoring healthy waterways and replenishing native birds, fish and plants that traditionally sustained takata whenua for many generations. Treasured mahika kai (food-gathering places) include Waihora ki Taiari (Lake Waihola) […]

Virtual experience of D’Urville Island’s Lake Moawhitu launched

Ngāti Koata of Te Tauihu/Top of the South and Lakes380 have launched a cutting-edge virtual experience of Rangitoto ki te Tonga /D’Urville Island’s Lake Moawhitu to help Iwi members and the wider public understand the lake’s cultural history, water quality issues and restoration goals. The immersive online experience, developed in partnership with researchers from the […]

Stuff article on the Lake Moawhitu Virtual Experience

Rangitoto ki te Tonga (D’Urville Island) tangata whenua Ngāti Koata and the Lakes380 team have launched an immersive online experience which allows users to explore four virtual “worlds” of the island’s Lake Moawhitu throughout the ages, from pre-human settlement, Māori settlement, present day, and 100 years into the future. Read the article featured on the […]

Congratulations to Lena Schallenberg

A huge congratulations to Lena Schallenberg! Lena has just been awarded a prestigious Student Award by the International Society of Limnology. Lena’s recently completed PhD (Otago University, New Zealand) focused on the tiny (but mighty) picocyanobacteria that form the base of many lake foodwebs. She characterised picocyanobacterial diversity and dynamics from a range of contrasting […]

A new documentary has just gone live on lakestoriesnz.org!

The wisdom of age that characterises Masterton resident, kaumātua Nelson Rangi (Rangitakaiwaho), shines through his unique humour, grace and warmth. His recollections span nine decades, from early school years at Pirinoa and experiences as a young man working on south Wairarapa farms. Nelson vividly recalls hearing “barking eels” during the tuna heke at Lake Onoke, […]

Kilham Memorial Lecture Award

Congratulations to co-programme leader Susie Wood for being awarded the prestigious International Society of Limnology Kilham Memorial Lecture Award. Susie is a world expert in cyanobacteria and co-leads the Lakes380 project. Her research is multidisciplinary and integrating, with the overarching goal of improving knowledge on our freshwater ecosystems. It’s fantastic to see her work being […]

South Island Kōkako DNA….

….found in Lake Paringa sediment from early 19th century The South Island kōkako is an ancient bird once widespread in southern New Zealand forests.  It was listed as extinct until 2013 when its status was reclassified as ‘data deficient’ by the Department of Conservation. The South Island kōkako trust undertakes an amazing amount of work […]

Congratulations Katie and Mailys

Congratulations to Lakes380 students Mailys Picard and Katie Brasell who were recognised last week at the 11th #INTECOL – International Wetlands Virtual Conference for their amazing research. Mailys was awarded the Best Oral Presentation for her talk comparing pigments and DNA approaches for measuring cyanobacteria in lake sediment cores, and Katie was awarded the NZ […]

Whakahokia te mauri o Oporoa – a documentary on Lake Oporoa

The Whakahokia te mauri o Oporoa documentary tells the story of Lake Oporoa. It celebrates the commitment of Rangitīkei iwi to enhancing the life force and ecological health of Lake Oporoa. Ngāti Hauiti kaumātua Neville Lomax draws upon oral history in recounting the journey taken by Matangi—an early Māori explorer who traversed and named places […]

New film published on the Wairarapa Moana Kete Pūrākau

Charlotte Šunde, Bruce Foster and Ra Smith have just released a new film on the lakestories webpage titled: Kei hea ngā tuna (where are the tuna?). The film highlights the special relationship of Wairarapa Māori with their lakes, tuna and other taonga. Its tittle Kei hea ngā tuna (where are the tuna?), is the name […]

Dr Charlotte Šunde – Wairarapa Moana Kete Pūrākau, an interview with Cawthron Radio

Lakes380 researcher Dr Charlotte Šunde recently talked to Cawthron Radio about the Wairarapa Moana Kete Pūrākau. Wairarapa Moana Kete Pūrākau is an online collection of filmed interviews with members of the Wairarapa community who are dedicated to restoring the ecological health and mauri of their lakes. This repository of stories holds diverse personal memories, cultural […]