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On 23 May 2018 Fisheries New Zealand advised that Te Whānau a Kauaetangohia hapū had applied for a mātaitai at Cape Runaway in the Bay of Plenty.
Mātaitai reserves are areas closed to commercial fishing that may have bylaws affecting recreational and Māori customary fishing.
The New Zealand Sport Fishing and two local clubs, the Te Kaha Sport Fishing Club and Waihau Bay Sport Fishing Club, all supported the application.
On 27 May 2020 Fisheries New Zealand advised the Minister of Fisheries had approved the mātaitai application. It would be effective from 29 June 2020. The area will be called Te Kopa o Rongokānapa Mātaitai Reserve.
All commercial fishing and gathering, including fishing related activities will be prohibited within the Reserve after 29 June 2020.
On 27 May 2020 Fisheries New Zealand advised Ministerial approval for the mātaitai application. It will be known as Te Kopa a Rongokānapa Mātaitai Reserve from 29 June 2020.
Submission. Joint recreational. 5 July 2018
Submission. Support for the proposed Mataitai reserve at Cape Runaway. LegaSea. NZ Sport Fishing Council. 5 July 2018.
Support letter. Te Kaha SFC. 19 June 2018
Bay of Plenty Mataitai reserve support letter. Te Kaha Sport Fishing Club. 19 June 2018.
Support letter. Waihau Bay SFC. 4 April 2018
Bay of Plenty Mataitai reserve support letter. Waihau Bay Sports Fishing Club. 4 April 2018.
Article. Opotiki News. 24 May 2018
Kauaetangohia Mataitai article. Opotiki News. 24 May 2018.
Meeting notice. MPI. May 2018
Kauaetangohia Bay of Plenty Mataitai reserve application public meeting notice. MPI. May 2018.
Mātaitai application. May 2018
Application for a mātaitai from Te Whanau a Kauaetangohia hapū. May 2018.
Proposed mātaitai area map. MPI. April 2018
Area of proposed mātaitai. Fisheries New Zealand. April 2018.