24 Feb 2009

Pipi ban in place

5:27 am on 24 February 2009

A rahui (ban) is in place on pipi collection at Aotea harbour in Waikato to help stem a plunder of the shellfish. Pipi stocks there are depleted.

Ngati Te Wehi kaitiaki Davis Apiti says up to 40 people a day come to the area and take more than their share. They are mostly holiday-makers.

He says the rahui on the harbour, which has mataitai reserve status, will initially last for eight months.

Waatea News reports the pipi bed took four years to recover after a previous depletion in 1996.