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Our Taniwha Tuna at Parliament

It was a wild, rainy, cold, and windy day in Wellington…… just perfect for eels, but not so for the average person planning to protest and deliver a petition on the forecourt of New Zealand’s Parliament.  Fortunately, my tuna whanau … Continue reading

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Celebrating Tuna Roa on Waiheke Island!

Today for National Children’s Day and Sea Week Tanya Batt and other Waiheke folks celebrated their native long finned eel/tuna through story and art. Danny Shortland, storyteller and carver and artist and cartoonist, Nooroa, shared the traditional Maori story of … Continue reading

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Jaguar at the Border Wall!!!

What an inspiring and invigorating day we had this past Thursday when John Davis, on his Trek West journey met Sewing Spots Together in Naco, Mexico to cross the border from Mexico to the United States.  John is walking, biking and … Continue reading

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Waiheke & Wananga Folks Jump In!

Just as we realized that Velvet had grown too big to be hung in her entirety at Te Papa this month, we got a shout from environmental scientist, Caleb Royal, in Otaki.  He said that the Wananga community would like … Continue reading

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Some Mysterious Sightings of our Eel!

Velvet has been rumored to have made two appearances for which we have no photos available.  Many of you know The Jester House in the Tasman region as a place with a giant boot cottage and where tame eels writhe right out … Continue reading

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Velvet’s Last Stop on the South Island!

While most of “Velvet: The Travelling Tuna Tapestry” is resting and being mended by loving hands at her home lake of Rotoiti  before she heads to Wellington for her trip to Te Papa and Parliament, 30 metres (including her head … Continue reading

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KCC in South Canterbury Reveal their Lively Addition

Thanks to Justine Carson-Isles and many others who help with Forest & Bird’s Kiwi Conservation Club in South Canterbury for their hard work on what is clearly a beautiful and fanciful addition to our dear Velvet.  Here, see for yourself … Continue reading

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South Canterbury KCC Sews for the Tuna!

Win Parks, the Coordinator for South Canterbury branch of Kiwi Conservation Club has some news as well as some photos to share.  With the leadership of Justine Carson-Isles, this local chapter of Forest and Bird’s youth program (KCC) has made their own … Continue reading

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Donna Palmer’s Students Take Action!

“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 … Continue reading

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Nelson’ Ecofest Welcomes Velvet!

Gillian Pollock, who was in charge of Forest & Bird’s presence at Nelson’s Ecofest this August, has just reported that a huge longfin eel appeared, migrating through the event at the spot where the Maitai River meets the Tasman Sea…… and … Continue reading

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