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Te Rawhiti and Akaroa: updates

Firstly, congratulations to the community at Te Rawhiti who have maintained their own rahui at Maunganui Bay (also known as Deep water Cove) since 2009. The rahui finally has been accepted: "Pursuant to section 186a of the Fisheries Act 1996, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture has agreed to close Maunganui Bay to the take of all species of fish, aquatic life, or seaweed, with the exception of kina, for a period of two years from 1 December 2010 to 30 November 2012."

Full information can be found here on the Ecocentre website.

3628818572_4fe519ec5b_zSecondly, Green Party MP Gareth Hughes asked Kate some of the direct questions we might like to have levelled at her for her rejection of the Akaroa Marine Reserve application. Her response is extremely evasive and doesn't reveal much, but it's good to know that the decision is being challenged both by judicial review AND in parliament.

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