Netting rahui follows kauma¯ tua concerns




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Arahui has been placed on all netting in the northern Tauranga harbour to replenish seriously depleted fish stocks in the area. The kauma¯tua of Otawhiwhi, Te Rereatukahia and Tuapiro marae have collectively sanctioned the rahui, effective immediately. Spokesman Shaan Kingi said the rahui was put in place as a concern from kauma¯ tua around the netting and increase in sharks coming into the bay and the risk to swimmers. Posted on the Bowentown Boating and Sport Fishing Club’s Facebook page on Sunday, it said “The area covers from Waiorooro (Three Mile Creek), along the beach from Bowentown Heads, including Shelly and Anzac Bays, up the harbour north to Athenree, and through Tuapiro, Ongare and Kauri Points, with the southernmost point being the Apata River, inclusive of all waterways in this area. The rahui is supported by the wider community, including Waihi Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, Coastguard, Bowentown Boating and Sport Fishing Club, MPI and Police.”