Native Affairs - Pāua to the people

  • South Island

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.

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