18 January 2021

Updated: 26 January 2021

Over the past few weeks, a number of rāhui have been put in place around the motu.

This includes two on scallop beds in two North Island locations. They come after local hapū, iwi and communities noticed that the scallop beds are not the abundant sources of kaimoana they once were and need a rest so they can recover. Te Runanga o Whaingaroa in Northland and Ngāti Hei in Coromandel, have both taken action to protect scallop beds in their rohe. There is concern about the impact dredging is having on the beds. The rāhui are in place to provide immediate relief and prevent any further decline while further information through surveys and appropriate management options are put in place. If you’re gathering kaimoana this summer, please take heed and respect any rāhui in place.

A rāhui has also been put in place by Te Āti Awa, following the suspension of the search for missing kayaker Koyren Campbell.

Rāhui details:

Whaingaroa Harbour at Taupō Bay to Ririwha on Mahinepua/Stephenson Island and down to Whangaihe Bay from Saturday 16th January 2021:

Coromandel Peninsula at Opito and Kuaotunu Bay from Thursday 14th January 2021.

Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara at Breaker Bay through to Moa Point from Friday 22 – Friday 29 January 2021.