Read the first project update for the Taupō Sports Fishery review.

The Taupō Sports Fishery Review is now underway with the objectives of ensuring that the management of the Taupō Sports Fishery:

  • delivers an internationally renowned and sustainable trout fishery, and
  • contributes optimally to the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of the region.

To achieve the objective the Department of Conservation wants to ensure that:

  • Taupō is an internationally renowned sustainable fishery and destination for anglers,
  • The Taupō fishery is an integral and integrated part of Destination Great Lake Taupō, and DOC’s management contributes to the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of the region, the tino rangatiratanga and kaitiakitanga of Ngati Tuwharetoa over Taupō-nui-a-tia and the fisheries within the Tuwharetoa rohe is acknowledged and recognised
  • DOC is meeting the Crown’s obligations under the 2007 Deed with Ngati Tuwharetoa
  • DOC understands and is well integrated and aligned with the aspirations of other fish and game and fisheries managers (including the Lake Rotoaira trust), the angling community, district and regional councils and energy companies,
  • As the Taupō Fishery manager, DOC has the confidence of its key partner, anglers, stakeholders and the support of the wider community,
  • Management of the fishery is financially sustainable.

The critical areas of assessment that this project will cover are:

Exploring Future Opportunities

  • Meeting the needs of primary customers (anglers)
  • Effective and transparent governance
  • Management direction and systems
  • Honouring the agreement between the Crown and Ngāti Tūwharetoa, relating to Taupo fishery
  • Productive and positive stakeholder relationships
  • Examination of the current state of the fishery
  • Optimising the economic contribution of the Taupō fishery to the region
  • Maximising the Taupo fishery’s contribution to the social wellbeing of the community

The project is a collaborative one, involving key stake holders and the wider community in its. development. The terms of reference for the project can be found on the project webpage at

A project structure has been established that ensures that input by these key stakeholders is facilitated at all levels. The Governance Group comprises, Tamarapa Loyd, the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board (TMTB) CEO, along side the Tongariro Whanganui Taranaki Conservator Damian Coutts.

Key departmental staff and other parties, such as Fish and Game, the Taupō Fishery Advisory Committee, Taupō District Council and Lake Rotoaira Trust sit within working groups and/or Peer Review Groups which have been established to develop, test and review the that project findings.

Taupō MP Louise Upston has also been briefed over the progress and process of the review.

The project has now entered the community consultation phase to ensure that the views and ideas of anglers (current, past and potential future), stakeholders and the wider community are effectively canvassed.

This will be undertaken though an online survey, focus groups, one on one meetings the establishment of a project webpage, media releases, published ‘sitreps’ and talking to anglers on the river bank etc.

An economic assessment has also been commissioned to inform the economic impact of the Taupo Fishery and key areas where opportunities could lie for improvement.

The review is to be completed by late December this year.

Today an online survey started as part of a project exploring future opportunities for Taupō Sport Fishery is underway. Everyone who takes part in the survey goes into the draw to win one of two amazing fishing weekends for two, provided by some well-known local fishing lodges. Tongariro Lodge and Turangi Bridge Motel have provided weekend accommodation packages as prizes. Hunting and Fishing Taupō have also provided a number of $100 vouchers to give away. The survey closes on 9 November 2012.

More information can be found on the project by going to the project webpage or by emailing

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