Whangateau Harbour Care Newsletter 1/1

February 2017
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Whangateau Harbour Care Group Submission to The Rodney Local Board Plan Te Mahere A-Rohe O Rodney Te Whakatauira 2017

Whangateau Harbour - Andrew Martin (represented by Vivian Gallery)

Whangateau Harbour – Andrew Martin (represented by Vivian Gallery)


The Whangateau Harbour Group congratulates the Local Board on its vision and commitment to building a community led plan for the Rodney area. We look forward to working closely with the Local Board to develop a priority plan for the care, protection and health of the Whangateau Harbour and the streams and waterways which feed into it.

Our group has as its primary objective, to help local people work together to plan and implement sustainable management and protection of the harbour, land and other resources in the Whangateau Harbour catchment area.

In our submission we wish to focus on the outcomes for Rodney’s harbours, waterways and environment and the three objectives which aim to ensure they are cared for, protected and healthy with specific relation to the Whangateau catchment area. We will look at each of these three objectives in turn.

The health of our environment and our waterways and harbours is of vital importance to the Rodney district. In particular the Whangateau Harbour as it is a significant resource because of its benthic habitat which provides a nursery for fish breeding stocks, is important as a feeding ground for fish and stingrays and is the only known significant parore nursery in the Hauraki Gulf.

The Whangateau harbour is also an important natural resource which provides clean waters and abundant food for a variety of bird species. Migratory birds such as the bar tailed godwits, banded dotterel, South Island pied oystercatchers, wrybill and turnstones as well as local birds which feed there all rear round; dotterel, variable oystercatcher, pied stilt, white faced heron, reef heron, shags, Caspian tern, white fronted and fairy tern and royal spoonbill.

It also provides a safe recreational area for boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, swimming and at low tide, walking. The Omaha Sand Spit and Horseshoe Island are nesting sites for some of our most endangered birds. [Read more…]

Whangateau Harbour Care Newsletter 1/2

March 2017
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Whangateau Harbour Care Newsletter 1/3

April 2017
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Whangateau Harbour Care Newsletter 1/4

May 2017
Edition 1 volume 4 [Read more…]

Whangateau Harbourcare Stall at the Matakana Green

Harbour Care Stall July 2017

Secretary Liz Allen at the Whangateau Harbour Care stall at the Matakana Green Collective market held on Sunday 16th July 2017.

Dive for Debris

Dive for Debris was held on the 4th March, 2017

Diver heading into the harbour at Ti Point

Diver heading into the harbour [Read more…]

Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) in the Whangateau Harbour

Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) provided free opportunity for 105 people to snorkel for free in the Whangateau Harbour over March.


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New Zealand Fairy Tern


Karen Baird, the marine advocate for Forest & Bird, spied this poor male NZ fairy tern desperately looking for a female on the 1st November. He caught a fish and then landed calling and calling – typical male behaviour as they do prenuptial feeding!

Poaching in Whangateau Harbour

img_2204This woman was seen recently  gathering cockles in the Whangateau Harbour.

There is currently a ban on the taking of cockles to allow the cockle population to recover from a major die off around five years ago.

The woman indicated she didn’t understand English.

Whangateau Harbourcare Group have written to the Ministry of Primary Industries to ask for signage to be provided in Asian languages so that these people can be made aware of the shellfish ban.

Anyone seeing people breaking fisheries laws is encouraged to phone a fisheries officer on 0800 4 POACHER or 0800 476264.