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Source: Ministry for Primary Industries

Closing Date:

Contact: Fisheries management – spatial planning and allocations

Your views sought

Te Kupenga o Ngati Kuta and Patukeha ki Te Rawhiti have requested a further temporary closure to the take of all fisheries resources, except kina, from Maunganui Bay, Bay of Islands.

The request is for a further 2 year closure.

Fisheries New Zealand invites submissions about the request from persons who have an interest in the effects of fishing in the area.

Map of the proposed closure area

Proposed Maunganui Bay temporary closure [PDF, 2.6 MB]

Area boundaries

The approximate area of the proposed temporary closure includes all those fisheries waters within the following lines:

  • commencing at a point on the mean high-water mark (MHWM) at Kariparipa Point (at 35°11.350’S and 174°17.550’E); then
  • proceeding in a straight line due west to a point offshore (at 35°11.350’S and 174°17.505’E); then
  • proceeding in a straight line in a south‑westerly direction to a point offshore off the western side of Motuwheteke Island (at 35°12.010’S and 174°17.280’E); then
  • proceeding in a straight line in a south-south-easterly direction to a point offshore ( at 35°12.265’S and 174°17.310’E); then
  • proceeding in a straight line due east to the MHWM; then
  • proceeding along the MHWM to the point of commencement.

The closure request

Download a copy of the request [PDF, 423 KB]

Related information

Find out more about temporary closures

Making your submission

The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Monday 22 June 2020.

Email your submission to

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

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

Public notice about the closure request

A public notice about the call for submissions is scheduled to appear in the Northern Advocate on Saturday, 16 May 2020.

Submissions are public information

Note, that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it’s commercially sensitive or it’s personal information. However, any decision Fisheries New Zealand makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.