Waka-ama with Richard

Richard Manuka leans on his hoe and drives his waka-ama towards the city from Birkenhead Point.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

With each stroke he re-enacts the practised movement of his tūpuna, in similar craft but in a very different marine environment—the water beneath him harbours a fraction of the life it once did.

Has the mauri of this place been enhanced, or depleted? Can we have our 21-century city, and restore our environment too? Māori principles of kaitiakitanga may offer a new way to understand complex systems such as the gulf and our relationship with them.

Episodes From This Location

City of sails

1 minute / 2018

Waka-ama with Richard

1 minute / 2018

Prepare for take-off

1 minute / 2018

Islands of the Gulf

1 minute / 2018

Future food

1 minute / 2018

Dumped

1 minute / 2018

The remains of the day

1 minute / 2018

Spilling sewers

1 minute / 2018

Recreational fishing

1 minute / 2018

Meet the locals

1 minute / 2018

Off balance

1 minute / 2018

Sustainable fishing

1 minute / 2018

Bow riding

1 minute / 2018

Trevally traffic

1 minute / 2018

Beneath the boats

1 minute / 2018

City on the sea

1 minute / 2018