Application for a mātaitai reserve north of Amberley Beach, Hurunui, North Canterbury

Closing Date:
Contact: Fisheries management – spatial planning and allocations

Your views sought

Te Ngāi Tū Ahuriri Rūnanga has applied for a mātaitai reserve along the coastline north of Amberley Beach in North Canterbury. Fisheries New Zealand and Ngāi Tū Ahuriri will hold a public meeting on the application and invites submissions on the proposal.

A mātaitai reserve is an identified traditional fishing ground and is established for the purpose of customary food gathering. Mātaitai reserves are limited to fisheries waters and do not include any land area.

Find out more about mātaitai reserves

What's being proposed?

The application is seeking approval for a mātaitai reserve over the fisheries waters extending northward from the end of Golf Links Road, along the coastline for 5.6km, and offshore 1km. It covers those South Island fisheries waters within the following lines:

  1. From the starting point on the mean high-water mark at 43°7.945'S and 172°50.614'E; then
  2. By a straight line in a south-easterly direction for approximately one kilometre to a point offshore at 43°8.417'S and 172°50.971'E; then
  3. By a line in a generally south-westerly direction, for approximately 4.8 kilometres, to a point offshore at 43°9.747'S and 172°48.280'E; then
  4. By a straight line in a north-westerly direction for approximately one kilometre to a point on the mean high-water mark at 43°9.431'S and 172°47.679'E (approximately at the end of Golf Links Road) then
  5. By a line in a generally north-easterly direction along the mean high-water mark to the starting point.

Proposed Waipara mātaitai reserve [PDF, 1.7 MB] 

Application document

Download a copy of the application [PDF, 465 KB]

Attend the public meeting

Time: 6pm

Date: Thursday, 30 May 2019

Venue: Tuahiwi Marae, 219 Tuahiwi Road, Tuahiwi.

Contact details and location map – Ngāi Tuahuriri website

Making your submission 

The closing date for written submissions from the local community is 24 June 2019.

Email your submission to

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

Fisheries Management – Spatial Planning and Allocations
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

Public notices

Public notices about the meeting with the local community and the call for written submissions are scheduled to appear in The Press on:

  • Saturday, 18 May 2019.
  • Tuesday, 28 May 2019.

A notice is also planned to appear in the North Canterbury News on Thursday, 23 May 2019. 

A second consultation is planned

After the local community consultation period has closed, Fisheries New Zealand will hold a second consultation. This will invite written submissions from persons who take fish, aquatic life, or seaweed or own quota, and whose ability to take such fish, aquatic life, or seaweed or whose ownership interest in quota may be affected by the proposed mātaitai reserve. The second consultation will be advertised in the same newspapers and on this website.

Submissions are public information

Note, that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it.  That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision Fisheries New Zealand makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

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