Rāhui are a resource managenent tool ensuring kaimoana longevity

Feb. 16, 2022, 10:02 a.m.

A rāhui is defined by Hirini Moko-Mead in 'Tikanga Maori' as a “ritual prohibition either placed on a place, or part of a river, part of the foreshore or on a certain resource”. 

In 2017, a rāhui was put in place in Maitai Bay by the local hapū Te Whānau Moana. 

The kina were invasive and multiplied, consuming all of the seaweed and kelp. 

Due to overfishing the snapper and crayfish population dwindled. 

Whetu Rūtene from Te Whānau Moana describes it as "kina barrens behaving like an army of mowers, slowly eating away at everything in its path."

The rāhui is now in its fifth year and expected to go for another five years before it is lifted, according to Rueben Taipari.

Taipari was present when the rāhui in Ōtea was established in 2009 by the hapū of Te Rarawa and supported by Romā Marae. 

The issue at the time of the pāua rahui being established was that the location was being frequented constantly and there wasn’t any opportunity for them to grow. 

When approached by Te Hiku Media for comment, Haami Piripi Chairman of Te Rarawa said that “the rāhui in Ōtea is actually in an opening where the pāua are now and we want to preserve that so they can continue to grow. There isn’t a date set to lift the rāhui at this stage”.

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