Te Poupou o Rua o Te Moko (poupou) , 2014
Carved by Bubba Thompson
1,500 x 500 x 520 mm
NOT FOR SALE
The Fiordland Marine Guardians work to ensure that the quality of Fiordland’s marine environment and fisheries are maintained, or improved, for future generations to use and enjoy.
The Guardians are appointed by the Minister for the Environment under pioneering legislation that came into effect in 2005, the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Management Act, the first of its kind in New Zealand.
A variety of marine management tools are in place around Dusky Sound to protect the underwater environment. These include marine reserves, areas where commercial fishing is excluded, and restrictions on anchoring.
The first Te Poupou o Rua o Te Moko (poupou) marine reserve markers were unveiled in a special ceremony in 2014. The poupou stand as kaitiaki (guardians) of the marine reserves and are symbols of the Māori ancestral connections to the area. They are individually named after the deities, explorers, whānau and whānui who left their mark on the area previously, and commemorate their stories, ensuring they are shared with generations of visitors.