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Public Meeting And Call For Submissions: Mātaitai Reserve Application For Lyttelton Harbour

Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke (Rāpaki) Rūnanga has applied for a mātaitai reserve for the fisheries waters of Lyttelton Harbour, on the northern side of Banks Peninsula, South Island. The proposed mātaitai reserve is approximately 30.8 sq km.

A public notice regarding a public meeting with the local community and calling for written submissions from the local community will be published in The Press on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 and Saturday, 26 April 2014, and the Bay Harbour News on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 at 6.30 pm at Governors Bay Fire Station Hall, Governors Bay, Lyttelton Harbour.


The closing date for written submissions from the local community is Friday, 30 May 2014.

Submissions should be sent to:

Fisheries Management - Spatial Allocations
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
Or by email to

A copy of the mātaitai reserve application is available from the above contact.

A copy of the public notice is available for download below.

A map of the proposed mātaitai reserve is available for download below.

Further information on mātaitai reserves is available here:

After the local community consultation period, a further public notice will be advertised in The Press, the Bay Harbour News and MPI 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 mataitai reserve.

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