The Te Whaka a Te Wera mÃ¤taitai reserve at Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island, came into effect on 30 December. Fisheries Minister Mr Benson-Pope says âThe mÃ¤taitai will be managed in a sustainable manner using modern resource management techniques and tikanga MÃ¤ori in a complementary way.â 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 mÃ¤taitai reserve encompasses about 80 percent of Paterson Inlet. Te Whaka a Te Wera is New Zealandâs third mÃ¤taitai reserve. The others are both on Banks Peninsula, at Rapaki in Lyttelton Harbour and at Koukourorarata â Port Levy.