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Call for submissions: Mātaitai reserve application at Timaru

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua has applied for a mātaitai reserve over two areas of fisheries waters at Timaru, South Island. The first area covers 1.5 sq km extending from near the southern end of Washdyke Lagoon to the Caroline Bay Wharf, and offshore approximately 500 m. The second area covers 4.1 sq km extending from approximately 500 m north of Scarborough to Lagoon Drive, and offshore approximately 1 km (refer map).

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua and the Ministry for Primary Industries have previously consulted with the local community on the application.

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua has amended the proposed southern reserve area by moving the southern part of the offshore boundary landward to approximately 1 km from shore.


A public notice calling for 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 will be published in The Timaru Herald on Saturday, 10 November 2014. Submissions should be sent to:

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

Or by email to

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Note: All submissions are subject to the Official Information Act 1982 (“the OIA”) and can be released (along with the personal details of the submitter) under the OIA. If you have specific reasons for wanting to have your submission or personal details withheld, please set out your reasons in the submission. MPI will consider those reasons when making any assessment for the release of submissions if requested under the OIA.