An application by Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust on behalf of Te Atiawa (Taranaki) Iwi gives notice that it has applied to the High Court for orders recognising customary marine title and protected customary rights in the common marine and coastal area between Herekawe Stream in the south and Te Rau o Te Huia in the north, and extending in a seaward direction from mean high-water springs to 12 nautical miles (refer to the map below).
Orders sought for customary marine title arise from exclusive use and occupation of the said area from 1840 to present day without substantial interruption. Orders sought for protected customary rights relate to:
- the use of tauranga waka (landing, launching, anchoring, mooring vessels);
- the use of tauranga ika (specific areas for the catching (makamaka ika) and harvesting of fish within the reef systems and anchoring and mooring of vessels for fishing purposes);
- wharewaka/boat sheds;
- the extraction and use of: sand, peat, shingle, aggregate, rocks, stone, driftwood, ochre, saltwater, seaweed, pingao and harakeke;
- maara mataitai/non-commercial aquaculture; and
- using the specified area for ceremonies associated with burial, blessings and rongoā.
The holder of the orders is intended to be the trustees of the Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust and the named appointees on behalf of the hapū of Te Atiawa (Taranaki) Iwi for the relevant area.
A copy of the application can be obtained from the High Court at Wellington on phone 04 914 3600 or email WellingtonHC@justice.govt.nz (quote CIV-2017-485-310).
Any notice of appearance in support of, or in opposition to, this application must be filed with the Registrar of the High Court at Wellington (DX SX11199) by 29 May 2017 (reference CIV-2017-485-310).