Manaaki Tuna Petition Update

Posted July 16th, 2013 in Tuna News by Pat

The Manaaki Tuna petition (signed by over 6750 people) was delivered to Parliament on March 19th 2013, accompanied by the 150 metre Travelling Tuna Tapestry. The tapestry, made of recycled cloth, was initiated by Stephanie Bowman, a science and art environmental educator, who worked with schools and communities throughout NZ to raise awareness of the […]

The Travelling Tuna Tapestry is going to the Beehive

Posted July 12th, 2013 in Tuna News by Pat

When:  Tuesday, March 19th, meet between 10:00 am – 12 noon Where: Meet at Parliament, NOT at Te Papa as previously planned. The magnificent longfin eel, found only in New Zealand and with a more serious conservation status than the little spotted kiwi is at risk of extinction and needs your help! Over the past […]


Save Me!

Posted July 27th, 2012 in Tuna News by ManaakiTuna
Students signing the banner

This article was kindly written and supplied by Donna Palmer of Te Awamutu Intermediate. Room 6, Te Awamutu Intermediate, went on a class trip to see the ‘We Love Eels’ exhibition at Te Awamutu Museum. The students were moved by what they discovered about the Longfin eel, and were disappointed that they could not sign […]


Large Longfins found in Selwyn River

Posted July 1st, 2012 in Tuna News by Pat

Eel scientist Dr Don Jellyman with a very large female longfin eel (1.5m long and 14 kg) caught during surveying in the Selwyn River. This eel could easily be over 100 years old! (Photo: NIWA) Eel scientist Dr Don Jellyman with a very large female longfin eel (1.4 m long and 8.5 kg) caught during […]

Tuna Kuwharuwharu The Longfin Eel By Joseph Potangaroa

Posted July 24th, 2011 in Tuna News by Pat

This resource tells the story of the tuna kuwharuwharu, the New Zealand longfin eel. Tuna kuwharuwharu are one of New Zealand’s most ancient inhabitants but have decreased in number so rapidly that it is now nearing endangered status. Learn how tuna went from being considered a gift from the gods by Māori to a pest […]

Velvet and Elvis by Stephanie Bowman

Posted July 14th, 2010 in Tuna News by Pat

American Artist and eel campaigner Stephanie Bowman is touring New Zealand to raise awareness regarding the longfin eel’s biological and cultural significance in order to save it from extinction. Stephanie is working with groups in New Zealand and beyond to create a looooooooooong eel appliqué tapestry that will be displayed in public spaces throughout New […]


Pacific Paradise – by Mary Campbell

Posted July 14th, 2010 in Tuna News by Pat

Mary Campbell recently had an article about the New Zealand longfin eel published by Learning Media for their NZ school Journal (Part 4, Number 1).The New Zealand School Journal goes out to all New Zealand schools. Part 4 Number 1, 2010, tells kids about the life history and plight of the longfin eel, with beautiful […]