May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Call for Rahui on Ngamotu reefs near New Plymouth (Waatea)

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A Taranaki kaumatua wants a traditional ban on collecting paua from the coast near New Plymouth.

Joe Broughton from Ngati te Whiti says kaitiaki are reporting many seafood gatherers are taking well over the 10-paua limit.

He’s appealing to other hapu of Te Atiawa to act and place an rahui or risk losing the Ngamotu Reef kaimoana for future generations.

Mr Broughton says there aren’t enough fisheries officers to police the area, and at 82 he doesn’t have the ability to physically stop the poachers.

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