Story: Conservation – a history

Rāhui sign

Rāhui sign

This modern rāhui (ban) restricts the taking of pipi and cockles in an area on the eastern coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. It was imposed after an agreement between the Hauraki Māori Trust Board and the Ministry of Fisheries. Traditionally Māori placed rāhui on the taking of shellfish to allow the beds to recover.

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Simon Nathan, 'Conservation – a history - Māori conservation traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015