Pāua, it's as kiwi as kina, its iconic shell sold in every souvenir shop across Aotearoa. What you may not know about pāua is that it only grows in 5 countries. No surprise then that it's worth millions in overseas exports.
The shellfish is now the centre of a South Island stoush, with thousands up in arms about a Ministry of Primary Industries proposal to open up protected pāua area's to commercial fisherman. Adrian Stevanon travelled down country to find out more.