Your views sought
Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua has applied for a mātaitai reserve at Orari, South Canterbury.
Fisheries New Zealand and Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua will hold a public meeting to discuss the application and invite submissions on the proposal from the local community.
This is the first of 2 consultations that will be held about the application.
What's being proposed?
The proposed area includes the lower reaches of the Orari River, Coopers Creek and Ohapi Creek, east of State Highway 1 at Temuka, South Canterbury, and the adjoining streams, creeks and bodies of water within a defined boundary.
Public meeting planned for Temuka
As part of this consultation, a public meeting will be held to discuss the application.
Date: Thursday, 6 July 2023
Venue: Arowhenua Marae, 39 Huirapa St, Temuka
Making your submission
Submissions close at 5pm on Monday, 7 August 2023.
Email your submission to FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz
While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:
Fisheries management – Spatial allocations
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Public notices about this consultation
Public notices about the meeting with the local community and the call for submissions are scheduled to appear as follows:
The Christchurch Press and the Timaru Herald:
- Monday, 26 June 2023
- Tuesday, 4 July 2023
After the local community consultation period has closed, Fisheries New Zealand will hold a second consultation.
This will invite written or electronic 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.
The second consultation will be advertised in the same newspapers and on this website.
About mātaitai reserves
A mātaitai reserve is an identified traditional fishing ground which tangata whenua have a special relationship with. Mātaitai reserves are limited to fisheries waters and do not include any land area. Mātaitai reserves do not change any existing arrangements for access to private land.
Mātaitai reserves also do not affect private landowners’ land titles, or their ability to exercise resource consents for such things as taking water or extracting gravel or sand. Resource consents are managed under the Resource Management Act 1991.
Mātaitai reserves do not change the existing recreational fishing rules however commercial fishing is banned in a mātaitai reserve.
Mātaitai reserves do not havec an impact on whitebait or trout fishing.