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Application to extend the Ōpihi Mātaitai Reserve, Canterbury

Update – 6 August 2021

Public meeting at Arowhenua Marae on 9 August 2021

Fisheries New Zealand and Te Runanga o Arowhenua have now rescheduled the 1 July public meeting that was postponed. The meeting will now be held on Monday, 9 August 2021 at Arowhenua Marae, 39 Huirapa St, Temuka.

Your views sought

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua has applied to extend the Ōpihi Mātaitai Reserve to include the streams, creeks, and bodies of water that adjoin the southwest corner of the Ōpihi Mātaitai Reserve, Canterbury.

Fisheries New Zealand and Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua will hold a public meeting on 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.

Find out about the second consultation

What's being proposed?

The approximate area of the proposed mātaitai reserve extension includes the streams, creeks, and bodies of water that adjoin the southwest corner of the Ōpihi Lagoon area, as defined in the Fisheries (Notification of Opihi Mātaitai Reserve and Tangata Tiaki/Kaitiaki) Notice 2014.

Map and application document

Map of the proposed extension to the Ōpihi Mātaitai Reserve [PDF, 165 KB]

Application from Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua about extending the Ōpihi Mātaitai Reserve [PDF, 1012 KB]

Public meeting planned for Temuka

As part of this consultation, a public meeting will be held to discuss the application.

  • Date: 9 August
  • Venue: Arowhenua Marae, 39 Huirapa St, Temuka

Contact details and location of marae – Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua

Making your submission

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday, 19 July 2021.

Email your submission to

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

Fisheries Management – Spatial Planning and Allocations
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

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:

  • Wednesday, 26 May 2021
  • Wednesday, 9 June 2021

The Timaru Courier:

  • Thursday, 27 May 2021
  • Thursday, 10 June 2021

A second consultation is planned

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 and is established for the purpose of customary food gathering. Mātaitai reserves are limited to fisheries waters and do not include any land area.

Find out more about mātaitai reserves

Fisheries (South Island Customary Fishing) Regulations 1999

Submissions are public information

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 a good reason for withholding it. 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's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision Fisheries New Zealand makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.