Huataukīna Tō Iwi E: Developing bioactives from Tairāwhiti kīna to combat diabetes, heart disease, inflammation (innovation fund)

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This project aims to create commercial opportunities by developing high-value nutraceutical and functional food ingredient products from kīna (Evechinus chloroticus) from the coastal marine areas of East Coast hapū.

Project leader: Matthew Miller, Cawthron Institute

Can kīna combat critical public health issues?

The phrase ‘huataukīna tō iwi e’ comes from the waiata ‘Hikurangi’ composed by Kuini Moeau Reedy, based on an old Ngāti Porou phrase that means: when the kaimoana is abundant and the hapū have strings of kīna, whānau are prosperous and healthy.

Kīna is underutilised and undervalued. This project will produce the essential groundwork knowledge that is required to build a viable kīna oil industry on the East Coast of New Zealand (Te Tairāwhiti). Specifically, the research will establish benchmarks for yield and natural variation of bioactive content in wild kīna and data supporting its efficacy as a health-promoting food supplement. This research aims to stimulate economic development in the Tairāwhiti region.

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