Whangateau Harbour Care Newsletter 1/4

May 2017
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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.

Blow for fisheries as court win hands marine controls to councils

Fish life around the Rena remains during salvage operations. - Darryl Torckler

Fish life around the Rena remains during salvage operations. – Darryl Torckler

An attempt to save the marine life that flourished on Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga after the Rena was wrecked could now mean councils have more say on the way coastal areas, including fisheries, are managed. [Read more…]

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…]

Roger Grace Submission to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial plan

Option One: Type 1 MPA Whangateau Harbour (Waikokopu Creek 185.3ha and Horseshoe Island 69.1ha)


Whangateau HarbourCare Group has since 2009 had plans for a Scientific Reserve in the southern arm of the harbour (Waikokopu Creek), extending the existing Omaha Taniko Wetlands Scientific Reserve (kahikatea forest) down to the low tide mark.  The area is a rich mosaic of saltmarsh, mangroves, seagrass, firm sand flats and rare coralline turf “rhodolith” balls.  Concept of Scientific Reserve rather than Marine Reserve is to allow future manipulation of small mangroves if they spread to compromise the open sand flats valuable to wading birds in the area. [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.

Crap in the Harbour



I received an email last week from Liz Allen asking for volunteers to help haul some black plastic rubbish sacks that had been dumped over the bank beside the road leading down to the Big Omaha wharf. Angie Gibbons had noticed the bags and thought that they needed to be retrieved, stacked beside the road and collected by the council.
It sounded simple enough, some bags, pick them up, stack them, home for a cuppa. I rode my push bike over from Omaha around the Leigh Road on a damp and blustery Saturday morning with mist hanging in the hills and the odd sharp rain shower just to keep a cyclist on his toes. Still it’s always nice to be outdoors and I love a ride along Leigh road even if it is one of those spring days for sitting by the last fire of the season and not collecting some blockhead’s dumped rubbish.

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Whangateau HarbourCare Planting Day


Beginning a new planting process the Whangateau HarbourCare Group gathered 10 able-bodied planters and 3 not so able supporters to complete this season’s planting.  The area shown is on Esplanade Reserve beside a small tributary of the Tamahunga stream flowing into the Omaha River and to the Whangateau harbour.  The site is just below the new brewery on Leigh Road and represents the first step in protecting the stream from erosion and silt discharge into the harbour. [Read more…]