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Taiao Tuesday: Saving Tuna
June 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm$6
He may be a slippery character, but the longfin eel (tuna) now needs human help to escape from a deadly trap. The Pakipūmekadocumentary Saving Tuna reveals the extraordinary life-cycle of the charismatic longfin eel, now a threatened species.
Eels live as long as humans, up to a hundred years and more, and can grow to enormous size. But they only breed once, in a mysterious location in the Pacific, and then they die.
The journey the young eels make, from the ocean depths near Tonga to the mountainous headwaters of New Zealand’s rivers, is an extraordinary feat of endurance and navigation.
Tuna is a listed in tribal whakapapa stretching back to Ranginui and Paptauanuku, and many tribes tell of Tuna’s ancient battle with Maui. Eels were an important food source for most iwi, who dried and preserved them in large quantities during the annual tunaheke (migration).
However, the eel’s survival is now severely threatened with the longfin population decreasing significantly after overfishing in the 70s, pollution of waterways, draining of swamps and damming of rivers. Scott says Saving Tuna looks closely at how the tuna is being affected and why. And how iwi are regenerating their old friend the tuna.
‘There are some real Maori heroes out there, doing the hard yards to save the eel.’
Doors open at 6pm, doco starts at 6.30pm
Book tickets online at www.iticket.co.nz or in person at the Māoriland Hub
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