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Applications for 3 mātaitai reserves at Kaikoura (2015)

Your views sought

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Inc has applied for 3 freshwater mātaitai reserves at Kaikoura. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will hold a public meeting on the applications and invites submissions on the proposals.

What's being proposed?

The applications are seeking approval for 3 reserves:

Proposed Kahutara mātaitai reserve

The fisheries waters in the lower reaches of the Kahutara River catchment, from the river mouth inland to Blunts Road and Inland Kaikoura Road, including Lake Rotorua; Rakaunui Stream and Humbug Stream, but excluding an area within the boundaries commencing at 42°25.451'S 173°34.664'E, then proceeding east to a point at 42°25.450'S 173°34.860'E, then proceeding in a north-northwest direction to a point at 42°25.354'S 173°34.806'E, then proceeding due west to a point at 42°25.354'S 173°34.719'E, and then proceeding in a south-southwest direction to the point of commencement.

Proposed Tūtaeputaputa mātaitai reserve

The fisheries waters in the lower reaches of the Conway River catchment, from the river mouth inland to the Inland Kaikoura Road, including the Conway River and its tributaries; the Limestone, Spey, Blackburn, Stag, Goat Hills, Campbell and Waingaro Streams; the Charwell and Gelt Rivers; Birthday Creek and Weka Brook.

Proposed extension to the Oaro Mātaitai Reserve

The fisheries waters in the lower reaches of the Oaro River catchment, commencing at the northwestern and southwestern boundaries of the existing Oaro Mātaitai Reserve, and proceeding inland to include the Oaro Lagoon; the Kaka Mutu, Te Moto Moto and Te Kahika Streams; and the lower reaches of the Oaro River up to a point at 42°29.680'S 173°27.714'E.


Copies of the mātaitai reserve applications are available on request by:

  • emailing
  • writing to Fisheries Management – Spatial Allocations, Ministry for Primary Industries, PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140

Public meeting

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, 12 November 2015 at 7pm at Takahanga Marae, Takahanga Terrace, Kaikoura.

Public notices about the meeting with the local community and the call for written submissions are scheduled to appear in The Marlborough Express on:

  • Wednesday, 14 October 2015
  • Saturday, 7 November 2015.

A notice is also planned to appear in The Kaikoura Star on Wednesday 4 November 2015.

How to make a submission

The closing date for written submissions from the local community is Friday, 18 December 2015.

Email your submission to

You can also post your submission to:

Fisheries Management – Spatial Allocations
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140

Other consultation

After the local community consultation period, a further public notice will be advertised in The Marlborough Express and The Kaikoura Star, and on this website, 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.

Submissions are public information

Any submission you make becomes public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available, unless we have a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds 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, it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.