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This page lists issues that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is currently seeking your views on. To download the documents and find more information on the submission process, follow the links below.

Current Consultations Description Closing Date

Public Meeting and Call for Submissions: Mātaitai Reserve Application near Waikouaiti, East Otago

Kāti Huirapa Rünaka ki Puketeraki has applied for a mātaitai reserve over the lower reaches of the Waikouaiti River, East Otago. The area extends from the mouth of Waikouaiti River west to the Waikouaiti Fishing Easement that is located on the South Branch of the Waikouaiti River; approximately 400m west of the confluence with the North Branch of the Wakouaiti River, and includes Te Tauraka Poti (Merton Tidal Arm) and surrounding wetland areas, and Kirikiri Whakahoro (Merton Stream).

24 September 2014
Maori Aquaculture Settlement - Extension of Consultation Period for Minister's Plan The Minister for Primary Industries gives notice of the end of an extended consultation period for the Plan on the Maori Commercial Aquaculture Settlement (Pre-commencement Space). 19 October 2014



Closed Consultations Description Date closed
Call for submissions: Mātaitai Reserve Application in Lyttelton Harbour Te Hapu o Ngati Wheke (Rapaki) Runanga has applied for a mātaitai reserve for the fisheries waters of Lyttelton Harbour inside a line extending from the eastern extremity of Otokitoki/Gollans Bay to the eastern extremity of Deep Gully Bay and excluding the Rapaki Mataitai Reserve and the Lyttelton Port. The proposed mataitai reserve is approximately 30.8sq km. 18 August 2014
Amended Ōtākou (Otago Harbour) Mātaitai Reserve Application Pursuant to regulation 17 of the Fisheries (South Island Customary Fishing) Regulations 1999, in 2008 Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou applied to the Minister for Primary Industries for a mātaitai reserve over the fisheries waters of Otago Harbour, excluding six specified areas used for commercial fishing activities and other commercial purposes. 28 July 2014
Public Meeting and Call for Submissions: Mātaitai reserve application at Timaru Te Rünanga o Arowhenua has applied for a mātaitai reserve over two areas of fisheries waters at Timaru, South Island. 23 July 2014
Proposed Sustainability Measures within PPI 1A at Mair Bank and Marsden Bank (Whangarei) The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback from tangata whenua and stakeholders on proposed sustainability measures to address the decline of pipi populations at Mair Bank and Marsden Bank located at the entrance to the Whangarei Harbour (PPI 1A). 1 July 2014

Public Meeting And Call For Submissions: Mātaitai Reserve Application For Lyttelton Harbour

Te Hapü o Ngäti Wheke (Räpaki) Rünanga has applied for a mātaitai reserve for the fisheries waters of Lyttelton Harbour, on the northern side of Banks Peninsula, South Island. The proposed mātaitai reserve is approximately 30.8 sq km.

30 May 2014

Request For Further Temporary Closure Around Huriawa Peninsula (East Otago) To The Take Of Paua

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to section 186B of the Fisheries Act 1996, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has received a request from the East Otago Taiapure Management Committee, on behalf of Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki, for a further two-year temporary closure around Huriawa Peninsula to the take of paua. The current temporary closure is due to expire on 25 October 2014.

23 May 2014

Request For Further Temporary Closure At Wakatu Quay, Kaikoura, To The Take Of All Fisheries Resources

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to section 186B of the Fisheries Act 1996, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has received a request from Te Rünanga o Kaikoura for a further two-year temporary closure at Wakatu Quay, Kaikoura to the take of any species of fish, aquatic life, or seaweed. The current temporary closure is due to expire on 17 August 2014.

23 May 2014

Consultation on the proposed in-season tac increase for red cod 3 (rco 3)


The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback and additional information from tangata whenua, the fishing industry, other stakeholders and interested parties on proposals to increase the in-season Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the inshore fish stocks RCO 3. The proposal focuses on increasing the value fishers obtain from sustainable use of this well-managed inshore fishery by increasing the quantity of Annual Catch Entitlement (ACE) available to fishers.

2 May 2014
Request for a further temporary closure of Maunganui Bay, Bay of Islands, to the take of all fisheries resources (Except Kina) Pursuant to section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996 (the Act), the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has received a request from Ngati Kuta and Patukeha ki Te Rawhiti for a further two-year temporary closure of Maunganui Bay to the take of all fisheries resources, except kina. The current temporary closure is due to expire on 30 November 2014. 13 May 2014
Request for a further temporary closure of Umupuia Beach, Manukau, to the harvest of cockles Pursuant to section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996 (the Act), the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has received a request from Ngai Tai Umupuia Te Waka Totara Trust, on behalf of Umupuia Marae and Ngai Tai, for a further two-year temporary closure of Umupuia Beach, Manukau, to the harvest of cockles. The current temporary closure is due to expire on 25 October 2014. 13 May 2014

Review of Deepwater Sustainability Measures for 1 April 2014 The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback from tangata whenua and stakeholders on proposals to review sustainability measures for one deepwater stock, for the start of the 2014-15 fishing year, beginning 1 April 2014.
28 February 2014

Review of Shellfish Sustainability Measures for 1 April 2014 The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback from tangata whenua and stakeholders on proposals to review sustainability measures for selected shellfish stocks for the 2014-15 fishing year, beginning 1 April 2014.
Sea Cucumber:
14 February 2014

Rock Lobster:
21 February 2014

Scallop:
3 March 2014

Draft National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks 2013 The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), in conjunction with the Department of Conservation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is consulting on a draft National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks (NPOA-Sharks) 2013. New Zealand has an obligation to produce and periodically review its NPOA-Sharks in line with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation’s International Plan of Action for Sharks. 8 December 2013

2013 Proposed changes to the reporting requirements for charter boat operators The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) seeks feedback from stakeholders andtangata whenua on proposed changes to the reporting requirements for charterboat operators whose catch must be reported from 01 October 2013. 6 September 2013

Amended Opihi/Orari Mätaitai Reserve Application, South Canterbury Te Runanga o Arowhenua have amended the Opihi/Orari mataitai reserve application. The Ministry for Primary Industries is undertaking further consultation on the amended application. 6 September 2013

Review of Chatham Island deemed value rates for bluenose (BNS 3) for 1 October 2013 The Ministry for Primary Industries seeks feedback from stakeholders and tangata whenua on proposed changes to the deemed values payable on bluenose (BNS 3) landed in the Chatham Islands. Please note the short timeframe for submissions. 4 September 2013

Proposed changes to fisheries regulations to effect decisions relating to the Foreign Charter Vessel review The Ministry for Primary Industries is proposing a number of changes to fisheries regulations in order to give effect to decisions relating to the Foreign Charter Vessel (FCV) review. Responses from interested parties about these proposed changes are sought. 30 August 2013

2013 Review of Sustainability measures and management controls for fishstocks The Ministry for Primary Industries seeks feedback from stakeholders and tangata whenua on proposed changes to the sustainability measures and management controls for fishstocks. 23 August 2013

Application for Exemption from Quota Aggregation Limits – New Zealand Longline Quota Co Limited In June 2013 New Zealand Longline Quota Co Limited submitted an application to hold quota in excess of aggregation limits for two deepwater crab species. 7 August 2013

Proposal to increase the in-season TACs for RCO 2, RCO 3, and FLA 3 The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking tangata whenua and stakeholder information and views on proposals for an in-season increase to the TAC and ACE allowances for three stocks; Red Cod (RCO 2 and 3) and Flatfish (FLA 3). 22 April 2013

Proposed Motupohoe (Bluff Hill) mataitai reserve, Southland Pursuant to Regulation 17 of the Fisheries (South Island Customary Fishing) Regulations 1999, Te Runanga o Awarua has applied to the Minister for Primary Industries for a mātaitai reserve for the fisheries waters on the western and southern sides of Bluff Hill, from Cable Bay to Stirling Point, and extending 0.5 of a nautical mile offshore. The proposed mātaitai reserve is approximately 7.0 sq km. 15 April 2013

Proposed New Ministerial Purpose For Issuing a Special Permit – Collection of Wild Oysters for Aquaculture Purposes The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) seeks feedback on a proposal to introduce a new special permit purpose. 22 February 2013

2012 Review of Rock Lobster Regulatory Controls The National Rock Lobster Management Group (NRLMG) proposes that regulatory controls are amended for selected rock lobster stocks. 13 December 2012

Stakeholder consultation on the draft Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Raukawa and Te Arawa River Iwi (Upper Waikato River Fisheries) Regulations 2013 The Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Raukawa, and Te Arawa River Iwi Waikato River Act 2010 requires that the Minister for Primary Industries recommend fishing regulations for the Upper Waikato River iwi to the Governor-General. The Ministry for Primary Industries (the Ministry) will consult stakeholders on the content of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Raukawa, and Te Arawa River Iwi (Upper Waikato River Fisheries) Regulations 2013 between 5 and 30 November 2012. 30 November 2012

Request for a further temporary closure of Marsden Bank, Whangarei Heads, to the take of Pipi Pursuant to section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996 (the Act), the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has received a request from Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board for a further temporary closure of Marsden Bank, Whangarei Heads, to the taking of pipi for a period of two years. The current temporary closure is due to expire on 16 February 2013. 30 November 2012

National Plan of Action to reduce the incidental catch of seabirds in New Zealand fisheries The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) are seeking feedback from stakeholders and tangata whenua on the draft of a new National Plan of Action to reduce the incidental catch of seabirds in New Zealand fisheries (NPOA-Seabirds). 21 November 2012

Public Meeting and Call for Submissions: Mātaitai Reserve Application along Motupohue (Bluff Hill), Bluff Te Runanga o Awarua has applied for a mātaitai reserve for the fisheries waters on the western and southern sides of the Bluff Hill, from Cable Bay to Stirling Point and extending 0.5 of a nautical mile offshore. The proposed mātaitai reserve is approximately 7.6 sq km. 2 November 2012

Request for a further temporary closure of Maunganui Bay, Bay of Islands, to the take of all fisheries resources (except kina) Pursuant to section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996 (the Act), the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has received a request from Ngati Kuta and Patukeha ki Te Rawhiti for a further two-year temporary closure of Maunganui Bay to the take of all fisheries resources, except kina. The current temporary closure is due to expire on 30 November 2012. 5 October 2012

Proposed Ministerial purpose for issuing a Special Permit The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) seeks feedback from stakeholders on a proposal to introduce a new special permit purpose. This purpose is in response to restrictions that have come into force with the introduction of the Interim Measures to protect the Maui's dolphin. It will allow commercial fishers when fishing in the 2nm -7nm restricted zone with an observer on board, to return certain unwanted, likely to survive, by-catch to the sea. The returned fish would not need to be balanced by ACE and it would not require payment of deemed values. 7 September 2012

Request for a further temporary closure of Umupuia beach, Manukau, to the harvest of cockles Pursuant to section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996 (the Act), the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has received a request from Ngai Tai Umupuia Te Waka Totara Trust, on behalf of Umupuia Marae and Ngai Tai, for a further two-year temporary closure of Umupuia Beach, Manukau, to the harvest of cockles. The current temporary closure is due to expire on 15 October 2012. 6 September 2012

Proposal to Protect the Oceanic Whitetip Shark The Ministry for Primary Industries (the Ministry) seeks feedback from stakeholders on a proposal to prohibit the taking of oceanic whitetip sharks in New Zealand fisheries waters and by New Zealand flagged vessels operating on the high seas (joint proposal with the Department of Conservation) 22 August 2012

Marine Protected Areas Proposed by Fishing Regulations Under the Fisheries Act 1996 MPI is seeking public comment on three proposed marine protected areas (MPAs); two at the Punakaiki location and one at the Gorge location, West Coast, South Island. 22 August 2012

2012 review of deemed value rates for deepwater fish stocks The Ministry for Primary Industries (the Ministry) seeks feedback from stakeholders on proposed increases to deemed value rates for all alfonsino (BYX) stocks and the dark ghost shark stocks managed by the Ministry's deepwater fisheries management team (GSH4, GSH5 and GSH6). 14 August 2012

Request to Temporarily Close Huriawa Peninsula (East Otago) to the Take of Paua Pursuant to section 186B of the Fisheries Act 1996 (the Act), the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has received a request from the East Otago Taiapure Management Committee (the Committee), on behalf of Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki, to temporarily close the area around Huriawa Peninsula to the taking of paua for a period of two years.

Written submissions in response to this request are invited from persons who have an interest in the fisheries resources or the effects of fishing in the area.
10 August 2012

2012 Review of sustainability measures and management controls for highly migratory species The Ministry of Primary Industries (the Ministry) seeks feedback from stakeholders on proposed changes to the sustainability measures and management controls for the following highly migratory species:
  • Southern bluefin tuna: a proposal to increase the total allowable catch, allowances and total allowable commercial catch and to provide for unfished annual catch entitlements (ACE) to be carried forward
  • Porbeagle sharks: a proposal to reduce the total allowable catch, allowances and total allowable commercial catch
  • Mako sharks: a proposal to decrease the total allowable catch, allowances and total allowable commercial catch
3 August 2012

Charter boat catch reporting - additional fish stocks The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) seeks feedback from stakeholders and tangata whenua on proposed changes to the reporting requirements for charter boat operators whose catch must be reported from 01 October 2012. 31 July 2012

2012 Review of sustainability measures and management controls for inshore fish stocks The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) seeks feedback from stakeholders and tangata whenua on proposed changes to the sustainability measures and management controls for inshore fish stocks. 30 July 2012

Fisheries and Conservation Services 2012-13 levies The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released a consultation document to commercial fishery stakeholders on proposed 2012-13 fisheries and conservation services levies. 18 July 2012

No in season increase in FLA3 TAC for 2012 Since the review of FLA3 TAC in 2007,the management of the FLA 3 stock has included an in-season review of the catch limits based on available information about stock abundance. N/A

Pikomamaku, Horomamae and Kaihuka Mataitai Reserves Proposed Bylaws Pursuant to regulation 25(5) of the Fisheries (South Island Customary Fishing) Regulations 1998, notice is given that the Tangata Tiaki/Kaitiaki responsible for the Pikomamaku, Horomamae and Kaihuka mätaitai reserves have deposited bylaws under subclause (4) for the sustainable management of fish in that mataitai reserve. 16 March 2012

Public Meeting and Call for Submissions Mataitai reserve application for Moutohora (Whale), Rurima, Moutoki and Tokata Islands and Whakatane coastal area Te Runanga o Ngati Awa has applied for a mataitai reserve over the following areas:
  1. All those fisheries waters around Moutohora (Whale), Rurima, Moutoki and Tokata Islands extending one nautical mile from the mean high water mark; and
  2. All those fisheries waters along the coast between Wahieroa and the Maraetotara Stream extending half a nautical mile from the mean high water mark.
Public meeting: 16 February 2012

Closing date for written submissions: 16 March 2012

Ministerial Inquiry Into Foreign Charter Vessels The Ministerial Inquiry into the use and operation of foreign charter vessels fishing in New Zealand waters is underway. The principal objective of the Inquiry is to ensure that the operation of foreign owned and flagged vessels chartered by New Zealand fishing companies supports the following government objectives:

  1. To protect New Zealand's international reputation and trade access.
  2. To maximise the economic return to New Zealand from our fisheries resources.
  3. To ensure acceptable and equitable New Zealand labour standards (including safe working environments) on all fishing vessels operating in New Zealand's fisheries waters within the Exclusive Economic Zone.
Closed 7 October 2011

Completed Consultations

When final advice has been provided to the Minister and/or a decision has been reached, all related documents will be placed in the archive section:

Completed Consultations & Final Decisions
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Updated : 17 September 2014