Marine reserves established
Update 7 September 2014: The Minister of Conservation Dr Nick Smith opened the new Kahurangi, Punakaiki, Okarito, Tauparikākā and Hautai marine reserves, totalling 17,500 hectares on the West Coast.
Submissions closed: 22 August 2012
The Director-General of Conservation gave notice of his intention under Section 5 of the Marine Reserves Act 1971 to apply for an Order-in-Council declaring five areas of sea and foreshore in the West Coast Te Tai o Poutini Region (South Island) marine reserves.
The period for submissions closed on 22 August 2012. The Department is now continuing the statutory process under the Marine Reserves Act 1971.
Reply to objectors
Lou Sanson, Director-General of Conservation replied to objectors on 26 August 2014.
View the plan
Looking southwards from Wekakura Point at the proposed Kahurangi Marine Reserve
- View a full copy of the application: West Coast marine reserves application document (PDF, 814K)
- View the public notice: West Coast marine reserves public notice (PDF, 100K)
View the maps of the proposed reserves showing the boundaries and extent of the areas sought to be declared marine reserves:
- Overview of West Coast (JPG, 333K)
- Kahurangi (JPG, 509K)
- Punakaiki (JPG, 465K)
- Ōkārito (JPG, 545K)
- Ship Creek (JPG, 584K)
Any enquiries should be directed to Jo Macpherson at the Department of Conservation, West Coast Tai Poutini Conservancy Office.
West Coast Tai Poutini Conservancy,
Private Bag 701,
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