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Closing Date:

Contact: Customary fisheries and spatial allocations

Request for a temporary closure

Pursuant to section 186A of the Fisheries Act 1996, Fisheries New Zealand has received a request from Ngāi Tai Umupuia Te Waka Totara Trust (the Trust), on behalf of Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki and the Umupuia Marae, for a 2-year temporary closure of Umupuia Beach, Manukau, to the harvest of cockles.


Section 186A provides that the Minister of Fisheries may temporarily close an area, or temporarily restrict or prohibit the use of any fishing method in respect of an area, if satisfied that the closure, restriction, or prohibition will recognise and provide for the use and management practices of tangata whenua in the exercise of non-commercial fishing rights.

The Trust considers that a 2-year closure will recognise and provide for the management practices of Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki and the Umupuia Marae, in their exercise of non-commercial fishing rights, and allow time to develop protocols for future management and any future harvest options.

Proposed area

The proposed temporary closure covers the New Zealand fisheries waters at Umupuia Beach landwards of a straight line from Te Puea (at the western end of Umupuia Beach) to Whakakaiwhara Point (at the eastern end of Umupuia Beach).

The proposed temporary closure covers about 1.4 square kilometres.

Consultation documents

A copy of the request and a map of the proposed area are available to download. You can also ask to be sent printed copies.

Making your submission

Written submissions in response to this request are invited from persons who have an interest in cockles or in the effects of fishing in the area.

A public notice calling for written submissions was published in The New Zealand Herald on 6 October 2018.

The closing date for submissions is 5 November 2018.

Submissions should be sent to:

Customary Fisheries and Spatial Allocations
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526 Wellington 6140.

Or emailed to

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