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Second notice of an application to extend the current Opihi Mātaitai Reserve, Canterbury

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Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua has applied to extend the Opihi Mātaitai Reserve in the southwest corner of the Opihi Lagoon near Temuka, Canterbury. Fisheries New Zealand invites submissions from persons having a fishing interest in the stock or stocks in the proposed extension area. People with a fishing interest are those 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.

A mātaitai reserve is an identified traditional fishing ground and is established for the purpose of customary food gathering. Mātaitai reserves are limited to fisheries waters and do not include any land area.

Find out more about mātaitai reserves

Earlier consultation held with the local community

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua and Fisheries New Zealand have previously consulted with the local community on the application. That consultation did not result in any changes being made to the application.

Find out more about the consultation with the local community (closed 19 July 2021)

What's being proposed?

The application is seeking approval to extend the current Opihi Mātaitai Reserve to include the streams, creeks and bodies of water that adjoin the southwest corner of the Opihi Lagoon area, as defined in the Fisheries (Notification of Opihi Mātaitai Reserve and Tangata Tiaki/Kaitaki) Notice 2014.

Consultation documents

Opihi Mātaitai Reserve extension application [PDF, 1012 KB]

Proposed extension of Opihi Mātaitai Reserve map [PDF, 3.1 MB]

Making your submission

The closing date for submissions is 8 November 2021.

Email your submission to

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

Fisheries management – Spatial planning and allocations
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

Public notices

Public notices about the call for submissions are scheduled to appear in:

  • The Timaru Herald and the Christchurch Press on 8 October 2021
  • The Timaru Courier on 14 October 2021 

Submissions are public information

Note that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. That is explained 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 that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision Fisheries New Zealand makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.