Today’s photo of whitebaiters in the surf near Okarito River mouth during the 2006 season, reminds us that the 2014 whitebait season is about to get started.
The season runs from 15 August until 30 November, except the West Coast of the South Island when it runs from 1 September until 14 November.
Whitebait are the juveniles of five native fish species from the galaxiid family and, while we want you to enjoy your fishing and your fritters, make sure you fish according to the regulations so that future generations can enjoy them too.
Five new customary fishing areas, and more sustainable recreational fishing regulations, were also established.
Humpback whales pass through Kaikōura on their northern winter migration
The journey began nearly 10 years ago with the establishment of Te Korowai o Te Tai ō Marokura, a group of local people and agencies who recognised that Kaikōura’s magnificent and valuable marine environment was under pressure.
A korowai is a chiefly cloak laid over something to protect and care for it.
Large pods of dusky dolphins live in the vicinity of the Kaikōura Canyon
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura and Te Korowai member, Tā Mark Solomon says:
“The negotiations were long and hard, but for me the whole process was a beautiful expression of community. I think the whole of New Zealand could look at this as an example of how communities can come together to look after their resources for themselves and their children,” he says.
Mā te whakapūmau i te mauri me te wairua o “Te Tai ō
Marokura”, ko mātou ngā kaitiaki o ngā taonga a Tangaroa
kei te arataki i te iwi hapori, ki te whakangaruru i te
momona me te waiora o te āhuatanga o te Taiao, mo ngā
whakatipuranga o aianei me ake tonu ake.
By perpetuating the mauri and wairua of Te Tai ō Marokura
we as kaitiaki of Tangaroa’s tāonga are leading the community to achieve a
flourishing, rich and healthy environment where opportunities
abound to sustain the needs of present and future generations.
The start of the track follows a river through farm land
The track starts in farm land and follows a lovely river all the way through beech forest and up to the tussock lands around the hut.
Stopping for a quick play in the mud
It is a fantastic short walk and a great hut to stay in overnight. The track to the hut is the beginning of a longer walk. It took us three hours with my son Shannon walking the easier sections. The section through the bush is like a small goat track and perhaps not so suitable for a child to walk alone due to the drops into the stream below. But the track is relatively straight forward for big people.
There were heaps of fish in the stream and we came across a group fishing and they caught a lovely trout as we approached which was neat to see.
Fishing for trout
It is a hot area in the summer so I recommend hats and sunblock and avoiding the heat of the day.
We were lucky it was over cast but we still felt the heat and it is not even summer yet. The stream that the track follows is lovely with small waterfalls and pools which would be great to cool off in on those really hot days. We had a great time on this beautiful overnight walk in a stunning part of the country.