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Proposed closures to the recreational harvesting of cockle and pipi at Ngunguru and Whangateau

Your views sought

This consultation paper outlines sustainability concerns for cockles and pipi at 2 locations in the upper North Island – Ngunguru Estuary and Whangateau Harbour. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking tangata whenua and stakeholder views on proposals to close these sites to recreational harvest.

A closure at Ngunguru would be the first time the area was closed to recreational fishing under the Fisheries Act 1996.

Whangateau is currently closed to recreational harvest - this closure will expire on 26 March 2016.

Consultation document

Download the consultation discussion paper [PDF, 574 KB]

How to make a submission

The closing date for written submissions is Friday, 20 November 2015.

Email your submission to

You can also post your submission to:

Shellfish Submissions
Fisheries Management - Inshore Fisheries
Ministry for Primary Industries
P O Box 2526
Wellington 6140

Information and views provided during the consultation period will be incorporated into a decision document for the Minister for Primary Industries.

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.