May 18, 2021

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Call for Submissions (re-notification) Application for Mataitai Reserve at Marokopa

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Pursuant to Regulation 18 of the Fisheries (Kaimoana Customary Fishing) Regulations 1998, in February 2006 the Marokopa Marae Committee, being representatives of the tangata whenua who hold manawhenua moana over the area, applied to the Minister of Fisheries for a mataitai reserve at Marokopa between Tirua Point and Harihari Beach on the west coast of the North Island.

A mataitai reserve is an identified traditional fishing ground in fisheries waters established for the purpose of non-commercial customary food gathering.

Pursuant to Regulation 19, public notices called for written submissions from the local community by 22 May 2006, and a public meeting was held on 13 November 2006 at the Marokopa Hall.

Due to the duration of time since the 2006 local community consultation, this notice provides a further opportunity for written submissions to be made pursuant to Regulation 19. There is no need to re-submit previous submissions or restate them unless new information or a change of position is submitted.

Regulation 2 defines the local community as those persons who own land in the proximity of the proposed mataitai reserve or have a place of residence (where they have been in occupation for a cumulative period of at least three months in the three years prior to the date of the application) in the proximity of the proposed mataitai reserve. The local community also includes those who have owned land or have resided in the proximity of the proposed reserve since the date the application was received (February 2006).

Pursuant to Regulation 21, this notice also calls for written submissions by persons having a fishing interest in the stock or stocks in the area specified in the application.

The proposed mataitai reserve location includes all the waters below mean high water springs within an area extending from Tirua Point (3823.2S; 17438.1E), then north following the coastline to a point at Harihari Beach (3813.1S, 17442.9E), then in a straight line west for 3 kilometres then south in a line running parallel to the coast to a point due west of the point of origin, then in a straight line east for 3 kilometres to the point of origin. The proposed mataitai reserve also includes all estuarine (excluding fresh water) waters in the area and has a total area of 68 square kilometres. The boundaries of the proposed reserve have not changed from those specified in the 2006 application.

Public notices calling for written submissions are being published in the following newspapers:

  • Waikato Times: Tuesday, 19 January 2010 and Tuesday, 26 January 2010.
  • Waitomo News: Tuesday, 19 January 2010 and Tuesday, 26 January 2010.

A copy of the public notice and a detailed map of the proposed mataitai reserve area are available by contacting the Ministry, or can be downloaded below:

All submissions must be received by MFish by 5pm Wednesday, 24 February 2010.

Written submissions should be sent directly to:

Randall Bess
Spatial Allocations Manager
Ministry of Fisheries
PO Box 1020

or emailed to [email protected]
or faxed to 04 819 4208.

Further information on mataitai reserves is available here.

All submissions are subject to the Official Information Act 1982 and can be released, if requested, under the Act. If you have specific reasons for wanting to have your submission withheld, please set out your reasons in the submission. MFish considers those reasons when making any assessment for the release of submissions if requested under the Official Information Act 1982.

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