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  • A pātiki (flounder) fish caught in a net.
    Rights: Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Published 31 August 2022 Size: 2 MB Referencing Hub media

    There are several different species of pātiki (flounder) including:

    • pātiki – sand flounder
    • pātiki mohoao – black flounder
    • pātiki tōtara – yellow-belly flounder

    Pātiki belong to the flatfish family and can be found in the shallow surf and estuaries around the coast of Aotearoa. Pātiki mohoao are the only truly freshwater species of the family.

    Harvesting pātaki includes using techniques such as spearing and nets.

    Declining water quality is impacting pātiki populations and harvesting.

    Related resources

    Ngāi Tahu Mahinga Kai video

    • Pātiki – featuring Don Brown who lives by Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere – Te Kete Ika a Rākaihautū/The Fish Basket of Rākaihautū
    • Download a PDF of the video transcript here


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