Otia Rāhui

In November 2009, an area locally known as Otia was placed under rāhui, in order to preserve and replenish remaining stocks of kaimoana in and around this important area of coastline. The rāhui restricts all fishing and seafood gathering across an area spanning 1.34 kilometres from Te Omu to Te Aho, and 1 nautical mile out to sea. The land base of the rāhui is marked by two pouwhenua.

In 2011, 20,000 baby pāua were planted outside of the rāhui area to help replenish stock. Several schools were involved in the reseeding. Research has indicated that if pāua continue to be taken at the current rate, stocks will be completely extinguished by the time of our mokopuna/grandchildren.