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A customary rāhui prohibiting any take of blackfoot pāua will be put in place over the Parimahu reef area in Central Hawke’s Bay this week.

The customary rāhui will start immediately below Te Angiangi Marine Reserve and will go to the south side of Parimahu reef to the outlet of Waikaraka Stream.

The rāhui area, like the Te Angiangi Marine Reserve, will extend out to one nautical mile.

A hui was held earlier this month following discussions held between Ngāti Kere Tangata Kaitiaki and Te Taiāpure o Pōrangahau around sustainability of in-shore fisheries at Parimahu.

Chair of the Ngāti Kere Tangata Kaitiaki group, Jim Hutcheson, said ordinary people have trouble gathering kaimoana now, and take’s a special kind of diver, with long fins and all the gear to get pāua.

Taiāpure chairman, Alastair Ormond said as a lifelong fisherman he is completely in support of the rāhui.

Ngāti Kere Hapū Authority Chair David Tipene-Leach said the customary rāhui is not a controversial move, and said it is common sense.

He said Māori are beginning processes that whole communities are getting behind to preserve the resource for up-coming generations.

A Section 186a Temporary Closure order will be investigated with MPI early next year.


Traffic was reduced to one lane on State Highway 2 yesterday following a crash near the Pekapeka Wetland.

Emergency services were called to the two-vehicle crash just before 9.30am.

Four people were treated for their injuries at the scene.

The road was fully reopened about an hour later.


A MyLotto player from Hawke’s Bay picked up over $47,000 from last nights Lotto draw.

The ticket was one of six that won second division, and also had the correct Powerball number.


New Zealand’s first rural telethon is being held today.

The BIG Feed aims to raise a million meals in one day for those in need.

Spokesperson Wayne Langford says they are calling on rural New Zealand to get in behind the event.

Beef, sheep and deer farmers are being asked to pledge a spare animal or two, with dairy farmers encouraged to donate milk.

People can also make a monetary donation by calling 0800 632 884, by heading to the website, or by texting the word FEED to 206.

Wayne Langford says 100% of donations will go towards providing mince and milk meals to families in need.

The BIG Feed got underway at six this morning and will run until 7.30 tonight.