Mataitai Reserve Establishment

DSC_0502.JPGTe Mana is working with other tribes on a proposal to establish mātaitai reserves around the waterways in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and specifically around the three rivers: Te Awa o te Atua (Tarawera), Rangitāiki and Ōhinemataroa. Tangata whenua can apply to establish mātaitai on traditional fishing grounds for the purpose of recognising and providing for customary management practices and food gathering.

Work on the Mātaitai Reserve applications is ongoing and once established, Ngāti Rangitihi will have the ability to appoint customary fisheries officers who can provide permits to our people for traditional food gathering for whānau, tangihanga and other events.