What is a Rahui?
A Rahui means that a marine or coastal area is placed under compulsory protection (a temporary closure under section 186b of the Fisheries Act 1996), such that there is no taking of anything from that area - fish, paua, even seaweed, must not be removed, so as to allow for the area to rejuvenate back to it's natural state.
Kaikoura has had a Rahui in place between the North Wharf and the Old Wharf since 2004; it is the first temporary closure of this type in New Zealand. The Rahui is the result of collaboration between Te Runanga o Kaikoura, Kaikoura Coastal Marine Guardians, and the Ministry of Fisheries. The Rahui has been imposed on the area because the fish stock had been depleted. The Ministry of Fisheries has recently extended the Rahui for a further two years, during which time there will be research into the recovery of the fish stocks, and investigation into seeding paua and other species.
The following link will take you to the YouTube video of the Rahui area, showing the exciting rejuvenation that can be achieved thanks to the support of our community.