As this 1931 photo indicates, the Kaituna River, which flows from Lake Rotorua to the Maketū estuary in the Bay of Plenty, has traditionally supplied whitebait and eels for the local Ngāti Pikiao people. The river's name refers to its importance as a source of tuna (eels). In 1984 the Waitangi Tribunal upheld a claim by Ngāti Pikiao against a plan to discharge sewage into the river, which would have polluted its food supplies.
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