Some Māori hold ancestral rights which allow them to gather muttonbirds from the 36 small islands that surround Rakiura (Stewart Island), which are called the Tītī (muttonbird) Islands. Eighteen of the Tītī Islands are referred to as the Beneficial Islands, and only certain families can harvest muttonbirds from them. The harvesting season runs from 1 April to 31 May each year.
Sources: Regulation 2, Titi (Muttonbird) Islands Regulations 1978 and Schedule 106, Ngai Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998.
See also: Muttonbirding
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