A research project to assess the sustainability of a traditional harvest of Titi by Rakiura Maori.

The need for this research

The harvest of Titi (Sooty Shearwaters; Puffinus griseus) from islands adjacent to Rakiura (Stewart Island) is one of the few remaining native wildlife harvests managed entirely by Maori. The harvest is of great economic, social and cultural importance to Rakiura Maori. The muttonbirders initiated this study to ensure that the birds remain plentiful for their Mokopuna (grandchildren). Titi are a "keystone" species because they affect soils and plant regeneration and are an abundant top predator. This research will therefore provide conservation benefits at sea and at breeding colonies.

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The need for this research
Study areas
A bicultural research approach
Matauranga and science
About titi
Scientific design