Story: Marine conservation

Gathering shellfish

These members of the Te Āti Awa iwi (tribe) are collecting shellfish from the Taranaki coast. In the early 1980s a synthetics fuel plant at Motunui, near Waitara, was set to pump industrial and sewage waste into the sea. Local Te Āti Awa objected, making a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal. The tribunal recommended that no outfall be built and that other discharges around the Taranaki coast be cleaned up. Since then pollution levels have dropped, especially after the Resource Management Act was passed in 1991. This act places tight restrictions on what can be discharged into the sea. Listen to people of Te Āti Awa speak of their fight to stop the pollution of their fishing grounds.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Fishing grounds/Reference number T3784).

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Gerard Hutching and Carl Walrond, 'Marine conservation - Protected areas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2023)

Story by Gerard Hutching and Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Sep 2015