PUBLIC MEETING AND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Mātaitai reserve application for Moutohora (Whale), Rurima, Moutoki and Tokata Islands and Whakatane coastal area
Te Runanga o Ngati Awa has applied for a mātaitai reserve over the following areas:
- All those fisheries waters around Moutohora (Whale), Rurima, Moutoki and Tokata Islands extending one nautical mile from the mean high water mark; and
- All those fisheries waters along the coast between Wahieroa and the Maraetotara Stream extending half a nautical mile from the mean high water mark.
A public notice regarding a public meeting with the local community and calling for written submissions from the local community will be published in the Whakatane Beacon on Friday, 3 February 2012 and Tuesday, 14 February 2012.
The public meeting will be held on Thursday, 16 February 2012 at 7.00 pm at the Whakatane Sports Fishing Club, Muriwai Drive, Whakatane.
The closing date for written submissions from the local community is Friday, 16 March 2012. Submissions should be sent directly to:
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
PO Box 1020
(04) 819 4621
A copy of the mātaitai reserve application is available from the above contact.
A copy of the public notice and a map of the proposed mātaitai reserve are available for download below.
Download Public notice (PDF 749KB)
Download Map of Proposed Mātaitai Reserve (PDF 711KB)
After the local community consultation period, a further public notice will be advertised in the Whakatane Beacon and MAF website, inviting written submissions from those persons with a fishing interest in the stock or stocks in the area specified in the application.
Further information on mātaitai reserves is available here http://fs.fish.govt.nz/Page.aspx?pk=68&tk=281