Proposed fisheries bylaws for the Horokaka Mātaitai Reserve, Māhia

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Contact: Fisheries New Zealand

Background to request

Regulation 28(1) of the Fisheries (Kaimoana Customary Fishing) Regulations 1998 allows the tangata kaitiaki/tiaki of the Horokaka Mātaitai Reserve, Māhia, to make bylaws restricting or prohibiting the take of fisheries resources for the purpose of sustainable utilisation.

Map of the Horokaka Mātaitai Reserve [PDF, 434 KB]

Have your say

The tangata kaitiaki of the Horokaka Mātaitai Reserve has provided Fisheries New Zealand with draft bylaws for their reserve. You're invited to provide written feedback on the proposed bylaws to the tangata kaitiaki, through Fisheries New Zealand.

Once the tangata kaitiaki has considered any public submissions, it will finalise the proposed bylaws and then ask for approval from the Minister of Fisheries. The minister must determine whether to approve or to reject the proposed bylaws.

What's proposed?


Proposed bylaws for the Horokaka Mātaitai Reserve


Prohibition on taking certain species
A person must not take any of the following species from the Horokaka Mātaitai Reserve:

  • beach cast seaweed, cockles, conger eel, deepwater clam, freshwater eel, karengo seaweed, mussels (kuku), packhorse rock lobster, pāua, pipi, sea cucumber, seahorse, surf clams, tuatua (Tai Tonga (tuatua) tairaki).


Prohibition on taking spiny rock lobster during closed season
A person must not, on any day between 1 May and 30 September of any year, take any spiny rock lobster.


Maximum daily limit for spiny rock lobster
A person must not, on any day, take more than 3 spiny rock lobster.


Maximum daily limit for kina
A person must not, on any day between 1 October and 31 March of any year, take more than 25 kina.


Prohibition on taking kina during closed season
A person must not, on any day between 1 April and 30 September of any year, take any kina.


Prohibition on using loops
A person must not use a loop to take spiny rock lobster.


Prohibition on using underwater breathing apparatus
A person must not use underwater breathing apparatus to take fish, shellfish or seaweed.


Prohibition on using spear guns
A person must not use a spear gun to take fish, shellfish or seaweed.

Where to view copies of the proposed bylaws

A copy of the proposed bylaws can also be inspected from 19 July 2018 at:

  • Fisheries New Zealand Office, 21 Domett Street, Ahuriri, Napier
  • Café Māhia, 476 Māhia East Coast Road, Māhia
  • Māhia Boating and Fishing Club, Corner Pōhutukawa Drive and Newcastle Street, Māhia
  • Māhia Beach Store, Newcastle Street, Māhia
  • Māhia Service Station, 1484 Nuhaka Opoutama Road, Nuhaka
  • Nūhaka General Store, State Highway 2, Nūhaka.
  • The Beach Café, 43 Moana Drive, Māhia Beach. 

Making your submission

The closing date for written submissions is 10 August 2018.

Email your submission to

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

Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 12034
Napier 4144.

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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