Fisheries NZ Consultation - Applications for 5 mātaitai reserves along the West Coast of the South Island

Fisheries New Zealand seeks feedback from the local community or interested parties on 5 applications for mātaitai reserves along the West Coast of the South Island.

  • Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio have applied for mātaitai reserves at:
    • Paringa
    • Popotai Taumaka (Open Bay Islands)
    • Ōkahu (Jackson Bay)
    • Tauneke (Barn Islands).
  • Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae have jointly applied for a mātaitai reserve at Mikonui (Ross).

The consultation closes on 5pm on Tuesday the 30th of November 2021. 

For more information see the Fisheries New Zealand website.

Second consultation

After the local community consultation period has closed, a second consultation will be held by Fisheries New Zealand.

This will invite written or electronic 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 reserves. The second consultation will be advertised on the Fisheries New Zealand website.


This consultation originally included requests for 2-year temporary pāua closures at Popotai Taumaka (Open Bay Islands) and Ōkahu (Jackson Bay).

These requests are now being consulted on separately.

For the temporary closures consultation, please see the Fisheries New Zealand website.