January 27, 2021
Community drawn into Waiheke rahui
Ngāti Pāoa is putting a rāhui on Waiheke Island's Oneroa beach.
Spokesperson Herearoha Skippper says taonga species including scallops, mussels, crayfish and paua are either functionally extinct or close to it and need time to replenish.
The rahui, which extends 1 nautical mile from the coast, will be for at least two years.
She says the wider community supports the initiative.
"For Ngāti Pāoa and our local community, doing it together collaboratively is important because they need everyone on board to make it work. They become part of the process, part of the solution, not just Ngāti Pāoa laying down the karakia, laying down the rāhui but ensuring there's surveillance, there's monitoring," Ms Skipper says.
The rāhui will be laid at Oneroa on Sunday with an early morning karakia by Ngāti Pāoa kaumātua.
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