RAHUI ON SHELLFISH OVER THE WHOLE OF THE NGUNGURU RIVER
The Ngunguru Marae would like to inform the community that On 22 November 2015, Paratene Te Manu Wellington has declared a rahui on the Ngunguru River.
To ensure the rejuvenation of shellfish, there is to be no collection of pipi, cockles, tuatua or mussels in the Ngunguru River until further notice.
Please inform all those visitors to the coast that this rahui is in place and explain that due to the gradual decline of shellfish, and contaminants in the river water, there is a total ban on collecting shellfish anywhere in the Ngunguru River. It has become evident that shellfish have been dying over the past two years, leading us to have concerns about possible detrimental health effects that could result from consumption of the shellfish.
It is intended this rahui will be for at least two years, and will be revisited after the summer of 2017/2018.
Northland Regional Council have formed a catchment group to attempt to determine the causes of the contaminants, after which it is hoped the causes will be addressed, and our river will be once again safe.
Thankyou for you co-operation.
Secretary, Ngunguru Marae Committee
09 4343 694
0223 709 495