May 10, 2021

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New Fisheries Regulations, another first for the Waikato River

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Waikato-Tainui Chief Executive Parekawhia McLean says that a work programme developed with the Ministry of Fisheries, has enabled the progress of initiatives that go a long way towards realising the tribe?s vision of a cleaner and healthier Waikato River for future generations.

On 17 December 2009, the Crown and Waikato-Tainui entered into a Deed of Settlement for the Waikato River. The overarching purpose of the deed is to restore and protect the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River.

Ms McLean says a major milestone for Waikato-Tainui is that the deed provides for the tribe’s participation in the co-management of the Waikato River through a number of mechanisms.

She says that already a number of initiatives are beginning to filter through the Waikato catchment including environmental restoration and wetlands projects, scholarships, new fisheries officer positions, and commissioner training.

Included in “the Deed” is the provision for Waikato-Tainui to work with the Ministry of Fisheries (Mfish) to develop fisheries regulations over the Waikato-Tainui Fisheries Area which is the stretch between Karaapiro and Port Waikato including all tributaries, lakes, streams and waterways that flow into the Waikato River, said Ms McLean.

As a result, we?ve been able to work collaboratively with Mfish to finalise new fisheries regulations which will come into effect on 22 September 2011.

This is a huge milestone for the tribe and the task of cleaning up the Waikato River for future generations seems less daunting when sectors are working so closely alongside each other to achieve the same vision.

The Waikato Raupatu River Trust is an entity of Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc. The River Trust? is primarily responsible for ensuring that provisions in the 2009 Waikato River Deed of Settlement are progressed.

Released by: Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc. Enquiries to: Parekawhia McLean, Chief Executive, Mobile: 021 403 024.

Released by: Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Inc.
Enquiries to: Parekawhia McLean, Chief Executive, Mobile: 021 403 024.

1 thought on “New Fisheries Regulations, another first for the Waikato River

  1. Please keep me informed especially the regs for all the species under the new regime.
    Thanks, John

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