Iwi puts rāhui in place after death at Tora

7:48 pm on 4 August 2015

A recent death in the water at Tora in south Wairarapa has prompted a local iwi to put a rāhui, or traditional restriction, in place that forbids people from swimming or taking kaimoana in the area.

Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa said the rāhui affected a one kilometre square area that included the mouth of the Awhea River, Seal Point and the southern end of Stony Bay.

The iwi has asked, on behalf of Ngāti Hinewaka, that the public observe the rāhui out of the respect for the death that recently occured in the water in that area.

The rāhui began yesterday and will remain in place until Friday 7 August.