Story: Te Āti Awa of Taranaki

Women collecting seafood

Women collecting seafood

Fiona Clark’s photographs of Te Āti Awa kuia (women elders) collecting seafood in the early 1980s highlight some of the difficulties that the tribe faces in the modern world. The women were collecting food in the traditional manner, not far from a proposed outfall from the Motunui synthetic petrol plant. The Waitangi Tribunal, however, in a landmark decision, ruled that the Crown had to protect traditional Māori fishing grounds. Eventually an existing outfall was used instead.

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Peter Adds, 'Te Āti Awa of Taranaki - Land issues', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/794/women-collecting-seafood (accessed 26 January 2020)

Story by Peter Adds, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017