Fisheries New Zealand Call for Submissions

Source: Fisheries New Zealand

Waipara ma-taitai reserve application, Hurunui, Canterbury

Pursuant to Regulation 17 of the Fisheries (South Island Customary Fishing) Regulations 1999, Te Ngāi Tū Ahuriri Rūnanga
Inc. have applied for a mātaitai reserve along the coastline at the Waipara River mouth, Hurunui, Canterbury.
Proposed Waipara mātaitai reserve

The approximate area of the proposed mātaitai reserve extends northward from the end of Golf Links Road, along the
coastline for 5.6km, and offshore 1km.


It covers those South Island fisheries waters within the following lines:
(a) From the starting point on the mean high-water mark at 43°7.945’S and 172°50.614’E; then
(b) By a straight line in a south-easterly direction for approximately one kilometre to a point offshore at 43°8.417’S and
172°50.971’E; then
(c) By a line in a generally south-westerly direction, for approximately 4.8 kilometres, to a point offshore at 43°9.747’S and
172°48.280’E; then
(d) By a straight line in a north-westerly direction for approximately one kilometre to a point on the mean high-water mark at
43°9.431’S and 172°47.679’E (approximately at the end of Golf Links Road); then
(e) By a line in generally north-easterly direction along the mean high-water mark to the starting point.

A mātaitai reserve is an identified traditional fishing ground and is established for the purpose of customary food gathering.
Mātaitai reserves are limited to fisheries waters and do not include any land area. Further information about mātaitai reserves can be found in the following presentation: 


Pursuant to Regulation 18, this notice invites written submissions from the local community on the application. The local
community is defined as those persons who own land in the proximity of the proposed mātaitai reserve, or have a place
of residence in the proximity of the proposed mātaitai reserve, and have been in occupation for a cumulative period of no
less than three months in the three consecutive years immediately prior to March 2019.

*Submissions must be made by Monday, 24 June 2019 to: Fisheries Management - Spatial Planning and Allocations, Fisheries New Zealand, PO Box 2526,
Wellington 6140, or by email to

Pursuant to Regulation 19 (5), a further notice will be advertised after the local community consultation period inviting written
submissions from persons who take fish, aquatic life, or seaweed or own quota, and whose ability to take such fish, aquatic
life, or seaweed or whose ownership interest in quota may be affected by the proposed mātaitai reserve.

Further information about mātaitai reserves, including a map of this proposed mātaitai reserve, is available on the Fisheries
New Zealand website (, or by contacting Fisheries New Zealand at the above address.

*Note, that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have good reasons for withholding them. That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA. Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it is personal information or commercially sensitive. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

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