Resource and recreation, Andrew Erueti

The Struggle for Māori Fishing Rights: Te Ika a Māori 
Brian Bargh
Huia, $45.00,
ISBN 9781775501961

Te Matau a Maui: Fish-hooks, Fishing and Fisheries in New Zealand
Chris Paulin with Mark Fenwick
fishHook Publications, $50.00,
ISBN 9780473328696

Māori have ownership rights to freshwater (particular lakes and rivers) according to the Waitangi Tribunal. That’s the tribunal’s finding in the freshwater report of 2012, but the tribunal has previously issued several reports saying much the same thing and based on a mountain of evidence of customary use of water by iwi. Water is not only significant spiritually; it was a major source of food, and means of travel.

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