The following references can be obtained from the Ministry for Environment:
Tipa G. (October 1999). Taieri River Case Study, Ministry for the Environment Technical Paper No 58, Environmental performance indicators: Māori Indicators Case Study.
Tipa G, Teirney L. (June 2003a). Mauri and Mahinga Kai Indicators Project: Development of the Cultural Health Index (unpublished project report).
Tipa G, Teirney L. (2003b). Mauri and Mahinga Kai Indicators Project: Summary of the Process of Developing the Cultural Health Index (unpublished project report).
Tipa G, Teirney L. (June 2003c). A Cultural Health Index for Streams and Waterways: Indicators for recognising and expressing Māori values. Available at www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/water/cultural-health-index-jun03/
Tipa G, Teirney L. (June 2005a). A Cultural Health Index for Streams and Waterways – Applying the CHI framework to the Hakatere (Ashburton River): a different river type (unpublished).
Tipa G, Teirney L. (June 2005b). A Cultural Health Index for Streams and Waterways – Applying the CHI framework to the Tukituki River: a different Iwi (unpublished).
Tipa G, Teirney L. (February 2006a). Using the Cultural Health Index for Streams and Waterways: How to assess the health of waterways. Available at www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/water/cultural-health-index-for-streams-and-waterways-feb06/
Tipa G, Teirney L. (February 2006b). A Cultural Health Index for Streams and Waterways: a tool for nationwide use. Final Technical Report. Available at www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/water/cultural-health-index-for-streams-and-waterways-tech-report-apr06/
The New Zealand Freshwater Fish Database (NZFFD) records the occurrence of fish in fresh waters of New Zealand, including major offshore islands. NIWA maintains the database at their Wellington campus. Data stored include the site location, the species present, their abundance and size, as well as information such as the fishing method used and a physical description of the site. The description of the site includes an assessment of the habitat type, substrate type, available fish cover, catchment vegetation, riparian vegetation, water widths and depths, and some water quality measures.
Data which are recorded in the field on pre-printed forms are generally contributed voluntarily by NIWA, fish and game councils, the Department of Conservation, regional councils, environment consultants, universities and interested individuals.
Access to the NZFFD data requires registration and users are encouraged to contribute data. Registering involves signing a memorandum of understanding about the use of information from the database and agreeing to contribute data from your monitoring. Information on the process of registration is available on http://www.niwascience.co.nz/services/nzffd/register
Alternatively, you can work with NIWA directly to access information on fish species in your area. For any complicated or extensive searches, NIWA’s services will need to be contracted.
NIWA provides free Assistant Software to assist contributors in entering new data and visualising data retrieved from the database.
To contribute data, you can send NIWA’s completed forms to NIWA Hamilton (PO Box 11–115, Hamilton) for processing and entry of data using the Freshwater Fish Database Assistant software. Data entered using the Assistant is then sent to NIWA via email or on disk for inclusion in the NZFFD.
Freshwater Fish Atlas
More information about New Zealand’s freshwater fish can be found in NIWA’s Freshwater Fish Atlas which includes species distribution maps produced using the Database Assistant software to display data retrieved from the NZFFD.
Please direct any queries regarding the New Zealand Freshwater Fish Database to the NZFF database administrator (Jody Richardson) at NIWA Hamilton, phone (07) 856 1746 or email email@example.com.
Further information on the NZFFD is available at: http://www.niwascience.co.nz/services/nzffd/