February 18, 2019
Tide pool trashing sparks rāhui
A Northland hapū has declared a rāhui over a popular tourist spot in an attempt to repair damage from increasing visitor numbers.
Te Whānau a Rangiwhakaahu says the rāhui covers Te Wai o Te Taniwha, also known as the Mermaid Pools, and the access route over the Rangitapu headland at Matapouri Bay.
The hapū intends to work with stakeholders including community and government agencies to develop a plan to manage and protect the environmental, cultural and spiritual wellbeing of the area.
It will hold a public meeting on its marae to discuss the rāhui.
The tidal rock pools with their emerald green waters have drawn increasing numbers of visitors because of internet publicity, but they can also be dangerous with waves washing people onto the rocks or sucking them out to sea.
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