Plentiful Wildlife

The local hapu announced a Rahui (temporary closure) in Maunganui Bay to enable depleted fish stocks to regenerate.

Since the Canterbury was sunk, she has grown a large range of soft corals and kelp outcrops are taking hold. A varied array of fish have inhabited her decks. Bait fish can overrun large portions of the wreck attracting their predators – Yellow Tail Kingfish – sleek, powerful and very impressive. Large schools of juvenile snapper, leather jackets, John Dory, and many others can also be seen.

Moumou at the Canterbury Dive Wreck

During the Rahui time on-going research will be undertaken to measure and monitor the health of the resident fishery.  The Rahui will not stop visitors who wish to dive, swim or anchor in the bay, but the taking of fish and shellfish would be prohibited under the community-imposed  Rahui.

The area is pristine in nature, being mostly Maori lands that have remained un-spoilt.  The nature, cultural and historic values are special to Maori. It is the desire of Ngati Kuta and Patukeha to keep it that way by putting in necessary protections.  It is an integral part of:

  • The Northland Nature Tourism product,
  • Critical to the economy, and
  • Our ‘natural clean green’ image internationally.

This approach is unique.  It relies on the Te Rawhiti community, diver interests and public support to make it happen.  It is a Maori-led initiative that relies on the self discipline of individuals to do the right thing.

We invite you to join us in supporting the Rahui and tell your friends,

“You can look but don’t touch”

pic_rahui_1 Hewihewi at Canterbury Wreck

 26.03.12 051 Canterbury Wreck

Historical Fishing in Maunganui Bay

The area Maunganui Bay was a special fishing area for Maori.  Since the early 1960s Maunganui has suffered from many years of over fishing. It needs a chance to rebuild.  Evidence shows the gradual depletion of fish in this bay and Ngati Kuta and Patukeha want to rebuild it back into a healthy state.

Traditional fishing practices allowed fishing for certain species at certain times and in certain places.  This kept robust fish stocks available so that enough stock was left to regenerate the  species and catchment areas.