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  • Holding a handful of īnaka over a white bucket.
    Rights: Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Published 31 August 2022 Size: 2.3 MB Referencing Hub media

    The name īnaka often describes the juveniles of five native fish species from the Galaxiidae family, but it can also be used to refer to the adults of these species. Various iwi use a variety of names for both juvenile and adult fish, as well as names to describe migrating or returning fish.

    Īnaka are threatened by the decline in the quantity and quality of their habitats. Threats include the loss of repo, degradation of spawning grounds and barriers (culverts and floodgates) that disconnect migration and habitats.

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    Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai video

    • Īnaka – featuring Paul Wilson from Te Waipounamu’s West Coast
    • Download a PDF of the video transcript here

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