Protecting our moana: Northland Waste supports the rahui of Maitai Bay

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Protecting our moana: Northland Waste supports the rahui of Maitai Bay

When Haititaimarangai Marae and Nga Hapu Te whanua Moana me te Rorohuri put out the call for help to support their environmental cause, Northland Waste were quick to respond. The forward-thinking local kaitiakitanga have recognised a dire need for the protection of the coast around Maitai Bay, which is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination for both New Zealanders and overseas tourists. The problem, of course, lies not in the visitors themselves, but in the amount of seafood being taken.

The natural ecological balance is not getting the chance to restore itself before yet another wave of keen hunter-gatherers arrive, and this is why Haititaimarangai Marae and Nga Hapu Te Whanau Moana me te Rorohuri have stepped in. After holding a number of hui and wananga with the local hapu and wider community, the decision was made to further an application for a two-year total no-take enforcement in the area.

Northland Waste and a number of other local businesses were approached to assist with furthering this cause, helping to impose the two-year complete rahui of any kaimoana in the area. The local community is also becoming actively involved in helping to process the rahui as a first step, to help restore, replenish and educate. Of course, with an action of this size, there are many financial considerations to take into account – and it is here that Northland Waste were able to donate a small offering to the cause.

Northland Waste has a strong affinity with local communities, and our focus on creating beautiful, clean living environments is absolutely in line with what Haititaimarangai Marae and Nga Hapu Te Whanau Moana me te Rorohuri are trying to achieve. We are 100% behind their initiative, and will be following their progress with great interest. We hope that 2017 sees the beginning of a new future for the stunning Maitai Bay and surrounds, in the Karikari Peninsula.

To learn more about this initiative, and to find out how you can get involved, contact Hazely Windelborn on 021955716.

Northland Waste: protecting our living environments, together