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A rāhui has been placed around Waiheke Island for the next two years by local iwi Ngāti Pāoa supported by the local Waiheke community. The rāhui extends one nautical mile out from the coastline and restricts the gathering of scallops, mussels, crayfish and pāua.

Ngāti Pāoa have been concerned with the declining inshore biodiversity for many years and kaumātua wanted urgent action. The most recent State of our Gulf 2020 report highlights the decline of biodiversity in the Hauraki Gulf - particularly crayfish which are soon to be considered functionally extinct.

Forest & Bird has welcomed the rāhui and have submitted their support to Ministry for Primary Industries. 

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