Mātaitai bylaws for the Ōpihi Mātaitai near Temuka

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Contact: Fisheries Management

Your views sought

The Tangata Tiaki/Kaitiaki of the Ōpihi Mātaitai are proposing a bylaw to reduce the daily bag limit for pātiki (flat fish) to 10 per person within the Ōpihi Mātaitai reserve boundaries.

Fisheries New Zealand invites written submissions in response to the proposed bylaw from persons who have an interest in the stock concerned.


Currently, the daily bag limit for pātiki within the Ōphihi Mātaitai Reserve is 30 per person, as set out in the Fisheries (Amateur Fishing) Regulations 2013.

Given increasing fishing within the mātaitai area, which includes the lower reaches and lagoons associated with the mouth of the Ōpihi River, the Tangata Tiaki/Kaitiaki have proposed to reduce the daily bag limit within the mātaitai to 10 pātiki per person.

The proposed bylaw is necessary in order to:

  • enhance and maintain the pātiki fishery
  • ensure access for customary and recreational fishers who have less fishing capacity
  • ensure the long term future of the fishery.
map of Opihi Mataitai reserve.
Map of the proposed bylaw area

Related documents

Proposed mātaitai bylaw for the Ōpihi Mātaitai [PDF, 762 KB]

A map of the proposed area [PDF, 3.5 MB]

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft documents by 5pm on 23 August 2019 to FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

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

Manager Inshore Fisheries
Ministry for Primary Industries
Private Bag 1926
Dunedin 9054.

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • 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

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 MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

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