New Stewart Island fisheries reserve becomes a reality

Date: 1/2/2005

The Te Whaka a Te Wera mätaitai reserve at Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island, came into effect on 30 December. Fisheries Minister Mr Benson-Pope says ‘The mätaitai will be managed in a sustainable manner using modern resource management techniques and tikanga Mäori in a complementary way.’ Paterson Inlet is around 10,000 hectares in area, with 188 kilometres of coastline. It extends 16km inland from a narrow entrance and includes extensive intertidal mudflats around the mouths of the Freshwater and Rakeahua Rivers. The mätaitai reserve encompasses about 80 percent of Paterson Inlet. Te Whaka a Te Wera is New Zealand’s third mätaitai reserve. The others are both on Banks Peninsula, at Rapaki in Lyttelton Harbour and at Koukourorarata – Port Levy.

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