Mātaitai reserve application near Waikouaiti, East Otago

Closing Date:
Contact: Fisheries Management - Spatial Allocations

Pursuant to Regulation 17 of the Fisheries (South Island Customary Fishing) Regulations 1999, Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki has applied to the Minister for Primary Industries for a mātaitai reserve for the fisheries waters extending from approximately 45 m west of the wharf at the mouth of Waikouaiti River to the Waikouaiti Fishing Easement; and includes Te Tauraka Poti (Merton Tidal Arm); and Kirikiri Whakahoro (Merton Stream) to approximately 500 m northeast of the intersection of SH1 and Butters Road (refer to the map below).

Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki and the Ministry for Primary Industries have previously consulted with the local community on the application. Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki have since amended the boundary of the proposed reserve to exclude the wharf and immediate surrounds.

A public notice calling for written submissions from persons 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 by the proposed mātaitai reserve will be published in The Otago Daily Times on Wednesday, 12 November 2014.

Documents and Links

A copy of the public notice is available for download below: 
Public notice: Call for submissions - Mātaitai reserve application at Waikouaiti, East Otago [PDF, 648 KB]

A map of the amended mātaitai reserve area is available for download below:
Map - Proposed Mataitai reserve application at Waikouaiti, East Otago [PDF, 626 KB]

A map of the original mātaitai reserve proposed in August 2014 is available for download below:
Map - Proposed Mataitai reserve application at Waikouaiti, East Otago [PDF, 660 KB] 

Further information on mātaitai reserves is available here:
Mataitai Reserves

Making a submission

The email address and closing date for submissions are provided above. MPI encourages respondents to forward comments electronically. If you wish to forward submissions in writing, please send them to the following address:

Fisheries Management - Spatial Allocations
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Please note that your submission is public information. Submissions may be the subject of requests for information under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA specifies that information is to be made available to requesters unless there are sufficient grounds for withholding it, as set out in the OIA. Submitters may wish to indicate grounds for withholding specific information contained in their submission, such as the information is commercially sensitive or they wish personal information to be withheld. Any decision to withhold information requested under the OIA is reviewable by the Ombudsman.

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