Rāhui for Motueka foreshore
A rāhui on a large area of the Motueka foreshore is now in effect until further notice.
In September it was discovered filtration equipment at the Motueka Wastewater Treatment plant was not performing to the required level.
Despite actions taken by Te Kaunihera o te tai o Aorere to cope with the equipment failure and to prevent the large scale treatment ponds from overflowing, partly treated waste water has entered the estuarine areas, and is therefore likely to have entered our tupuna awa and moana.
Taiao leaders from mana whenua have visited the Motueka facility and expressed their concerns to the council across a broad range of matters including the location of the infrastructure and the discharge it releases.
Long term, Taiao leaders will continue to advocate for this facility to be moved to another location and to stop discharging treated wastewater to our awa and moana.
About the Rāhui
The rāhui was implemented on Wednesday by the hau kāinga whānau of Motueka with the support of the eight mana whenua iwi of Te Tauihu and Tasman District Council.
A rōpū of mana whenua iwi gathered at Motueka for karakia to acknowledge the implementation of the rāhui.
The rāhui covers the coastline and river mouths from north of the saltwater baths to the Riuwaka river mouth and prevents the gathering of seafood and kai in these areas, as well as swimming and entering the water.
Do not collect or eat shellfish; avoid water contact
Whānau are warned not to take shellfish or have contact with water in the area outlined on the below map until further notice.
Testing for harmful bacteria in the estuary and moana has been stepped up to twice a week instead of once every six months.
The area will continue to be monitored and the rāhui will stay in place until levels of contamination are considered low enough to be safe to return to activities in the area and our whānau, hapū and iwi are happy that it is safe to lift the rāhui.