After a three-year hiatus due to COVID, the Māori Freshwater Fisheries Conference returned in 2022. Iwi, hapū, whānau and wai Māori kaitiaki gathered at the Great Lake Centre in Taupō around to theme of “Ngā Waiherehere” – the combining of many streams, flowing out to the moana as one.
While connection through whakapapa is absolute, the global pandemic has proved that our physical connection to each other, our awa and our taonga can be impacted upon. Waiherehere speaks to the binding quality of our water. It provides us with life, it provides us with healing, and it is the home to our taonga. It connects our maunga to the moana, and it binds us together as a people.