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Proposed fisheries bylaws for the Te Hoe Mātaitai Reserve, Māhia

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The Tangata Kaitiaki/Tiaki of the Te Hoe Mātaitai Reserve, Māhia, and Fisheries New Zealand are seeking submissions on proposed bylaws for the southern portion of the mātaitai.

The closing date for submissions is 12 November 2021.

Once the Tangata Kaitiaki/Tiaki has considered any public submissions, it will finalise the proposed bylaws and then ask for approval from the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries.


Regulation 28(1) of the Fisheries (Kaimoana Customary Fishing) Regulations 1998 allows the Tangata Kaitiaki/Tiaki of the Te Hoe Mātaitai Reserve to make bylaws restricting or prohibiting the take of fisheries resources for the purpose of sustainable utilisation.

The proposed bylaws will apply to non-commercial fishing. Commercial fishing is already excluded from the mātaitai.

Objectives of the proposed bylaws

The Tangata Kaitiaki/Tiaki of the Te Hoe Mātaitai Reserve believe bylaws are necessary to protect their mahinga kai shellfish species, specifically kina, rock lobster, mussels and pāua.

The Tangata Kaitiaki/Tiaki have noticed a serious decline in the number and size of shellfish species in their rohe moana from Waikokopu to Opoutama within the Te Hoe Mātaitai Reserve. They are also concerned about the impact of land-based activities on the near shore reefs, the high accessibility of the reefs by non-commercial fishers, and increasing illegal fishing activities.

The Tangata Kaitiaki/Tiaki plan to monitor the health of the shellfish beds to see how they respond to the proposed bylaws to inform future community management of the species.

Proposed bylaws

A person must not take any of the following species from Waikokopu to Opoutama within the Te Hoe Mātaitai Reserve:

  • kina
  • kōura (rock lobster)
  • kuku (mussels)
  • pāua.

Map of the Waikokopu to Opoutama area

Map of the Te Hoe Mataitai Reserve

Making your submission

Send us your submission by 5pm on 12 November 2021.

Email your submission to

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

Inshore Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

If you require any other information, email

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

Submissions are public information

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