What do I do if I see someone fishing within the Rahui area?
Some people are genuinely unaware of the Rahui in Maunganui Bay. Approach them and point out that it is a no-take area except for Kina until 13th October 2018 and ask them to stop fishing immediately. If they continue to fish, call 0508 4 POACHER (0508 4 476 224) and report the incident. Fines up to a maximum of $100,000 apply to anybody caught breaching the Rahui.
Where are the boundaries?
Is the Rahui set down in law?
Yes. Temporary closures in the North Island are established under section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996 at the request of local tangata whenua. They can be put in place if the closure will improve the availability and/or size of fisheries resources in the area, or recognise a customary fishing practice in that area.
How long is the Rahui in force for?
It is effective until 13th October 2022.
Are there fines for being caught fishing in the area?
Fines up to a maximum of $100,000 apply to anybody caught breaching the Rahui.
What is a Rahui?
This is a Maori customary management term with a variety of definitions, but in the context of marine resource protection a rahui usually means a temporary tapu or restriction of access imposed by the kaitiaki for that area. They can be enforced through a Gazette Notice made under s.186A of the Fisheries Act which can apply to specified species or specified methods, for up to two years at a time, and the restrictions apply to all persons.
Who can I talk to about the Rahui?
Ngati Kuta Hapu - Robert Willoughby Phone: 09 403 7012 Mobile: 021 2714807