Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura Kaikōura Marine Management Area

Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura is proud to have led our Kaikōura community in achieving our very own Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura Kaikōura Marine Management Area – our own Act of Parliament.

Some of the treasures in our Bill include:

  • Three mātaitai reserves: Te Waha o te Marangai Mātaitai (Mussel Rock),Mangamaunu and Ōaro
  • Two taiāpure around the Kaikōura Peninsula and Ōaro Blocks/Haumuri Bluff
  • Te Rohe o Te Whānau Puha/the Kaikōura Whale Sanctuary
  • The Ōhau Point NZ Fur Seal Sanctuary
  • Changes to recreational fishing regulations, reduction in recreational daily bag limits for a number of finfish and shellfish species and a daily limit for bladder kelp and karengo
  • Telson Clipping Rule
  • A new marine reserve: Hikurangi Marine Reserve, which covers our wonderful international recognised canyon full of unique goodies.

The work of Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura has been significant over a solid nine years However, Te Korowai has a long-term progressive programme ahead of it and there are significant areas of work for the rūnanga in the immediate future – setting up our mātaitai and taiāpure committees for instance.

Our rūnanga is extremely grateful to Conservation Minister, Dr Nick Smith for championing our Bill through the legislative process, supported by our local MP Colin King. We also thank the previous conservation/fisheries/environment ministers, who have supported us on our journey. We would like to acknowledge the Select Committee, who came to Kaikōura to visit our beautiful coastal areas and hear our submissions. We are appreciative of all political parties who supported our Bill – thank you. Thank you too, to the various government staff who have worked very hard providing all the required information.

We would like to thank our Kaikōura community and all those who engaged with our process as well as the government agency staff, who provided their support, knowledge and skills.

We would also like to thank our own Te Korowai rūnanga reps for their diligent hard work and our rūnanga members for their support and encouragement and the staff at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for their expertise and efforts.

Finally we would especially like to thank our fellow members of Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura for their incredible hard work and tenacity.

Please check the following websites for all the relevant information, rules, regulations, maps, boundaries, co-ordinates. Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura: www.teamkorowai.org.nz Department of Conservation: www.doc.govt.nz/kaikoura-marine Ministry of Primary Industries: www.mpi.govt.nz