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HE MANGANUIOTEAO RIVER WEST OF
Raetihi is one of only 13 rivers in New Zea-
land to be granted a national Water Conser-
vation Order (WCO).
This National Park-like status recognises the
outstanding trout fishery, habitat for whio (blue
duck) and the wild and scenic characteristics of
Much of the Manganuioteao River and tributar-
ies flow through public conservation land or are
protected by sheer bluffs and undisturbed riparian
margins. Local landowners have also voluntarily
undertaken significant amounts of riparian fencing
in association with Horizons Regional Council so
that a very large part of the river is now protected.
The scale of what is already fenced off or inac-
cessible creates an opportunity to address fencing
of the last remaining grazed riparian areas so that
the whole river can essentially be protected. This
in turn would benefit water quality, the prized
rainbow and brown trout fishery and also the whio
population, consistent with the intent of the WCO.
ISITORS TO THE TARANAKI REGION OR LOCALS
exploring new waters have sometimes struggled
to determine just what regulations apply, especially
when lakes and rivers have similar names, such as the
Mangawhero River near Ohakune and Mangawhero
Stream west of Manaia.
As a consequence, the Taranaki Fish & Game Council
has sought to simplify the layout of the Anglers Notice for
the new season by having a consistent set of regulations
which apply generally to every water, unless a specific
exception is listed.
Changes from the previous regulations are for the most
part minor, however anglers should carefully read the
regulation booklet that comes free with their new fishing
licence to check what it means for their favourite water.
SUCCESS FOR CAM MACLEAN ON THE MANGANUIOTEAO RIVER. COMPLETING
THE RIPARIAN FENCING WILL FURTHER PROTECT THIS OUTSTANDING RIVER
TARANAKI 2016 SUPPLEMENT
The whio population is one of the
strongest in New Zealand and a corner-
stone of the Kia Wharite project. This
collaborative biodiversity project be-
tween DOC, Horizons Regional Council,
local landowners and iwi aims to pro-
tect whio, western brown kiwi and old
growth forest in the Manganuioteao and
However, as is often the way with these things,
the remaining unfenced areas tend to be the most
difficult to address for a number of reasons in-
cluding topography, unstable ground, the need to
provide stock drinking water, maintaining fences
in flood risk zones, managing problem weeds and
Nevertheless, Taranaki Fish & Game, in part-
nership with Horizons and working with landown-
ers, has identified a suite of practical solutions. In
some cases it is just about more fencing, but in
others it might be about agreeing to have sheep
grazing but not cattle in a particular paddock, the
use of electric fencing in flood prone areas, the
provision of stock drinking troughs if a paddock is
fenced out and a number of other solutions.
Ultimately this all comes at a significant cost and
while Horizons can contribute a proportion of this,
to really make it happen requires access to another
significant funding source as well.
Step in the Whanganui River Enhancement
Charitable Trust. This trust was set up in 2003 be-
tween Genesis Energy and the Ruapehu and Whan-
ganui district councils to mitigate ongoing effects
of the operation of the Tongariro Power Scheme,
and in particular to promote and encourage the en-
hancement of the quality of the waters and catch-
ments of the Whanganui River.
Our proposal is clearly consistent with this ob-
jective and so we recently applied to their annual
funding round. While there were a number of other
proposals seeking funding, we were successful in
receiving $28,260 to be spread over the next three
This funding along with a similar contribution
from Horizons will allow us to start implementing
the first projects next summer. There is at least
five years of work to complete fencing of the Man-
ganuioteao River mainstem and its key spawning
tributary, the Oruataha Stream. However, in the
big picture that’s not long to achieve what will be a
great outcome for this very special river.
The crux of the changes is to move to a consistent
open season from October 1 to April 30, with a two trout
daily bag limit and where all legal methods including bait
are permitted, unless the water is specifically listed in a
separate category. The key exceptions are for waters that
remain open all year, including the previous winter fishing
waters in lakes and the lower reaches of some rivers.
The main changes affect the Waimarino district where,
in a number of instances, the daily bag limit has been
reduced and waters which previously closed at the end
of June now close at the end of April. An exception to
this is the main-stem of the Manganuioteao River which
remains open until the end of June, although the winter
limit (below which is open all year) has been shifted from
the Oruatoha confluence downstream to the Ruatiti Road
bridge. One outcome of this change is to create a genuine
opening day on this premium river come October 1.
Bait fishing remains prohibited on the Kaiauai Stream
and Stony River and now also over the whole of the Kapuni
Stream and the Retaruke River. A no-take rule has also been
introduced on the Retaruke River as an interim measure
to allow the fishery to recover from the effects of the most
recent erosion event in its headwaters within Erua Forest.
In contrast, the daily bag limit for the Waingongoro River
remains at four fish below the Eltham Road bridge, reflecting
that this productive fishery can withstand a greater harvest
than many other Taranaki rivers.
So, for Taranaki anglers very little has changed, the key
being that unless the river is specifically listed then an angler
can be confident a fishery is open between October 1 and
April 30, the daily bag limit is two trout and all legal angling
methods are permitted.
ONE OF ONLY 13 RIVERS TO BE PROTECTED
BY WATER CONSERVATION ORDER
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