Nature and conservation
Te Angiangi Marine Reserve map
At low tide a broad mudstone platform is exposed, revealing beds of Neptune’s necklace, pink coralline seaweeds, and patches of sea grass mixed with a lively rockpool community of fish and shellfish, including golden limpets.
Offshore the interplay of the warm East Cape current and the colder South Wairarapa current means many typically ‘northern’ and ‘southern’ marine species occur in the reserve. Sometimes these can even be seen swimming together, or sheltering in the same crevice. Rock lobsters are conspicuous.
In April 2011 a heavy rainfall event coincided with a shallow magnitute 4.5 earthquake, resulting in inundation of the rock platform by 14 landslides. In places landslides covered the full width of the platform (more than 100 m), completely burying or sweeping away the biological communities living there. Within a few months however relentless wave action had begun to uncover the platform, and positive signs of recovery were evident throughout the intertidal zone. A couple of years later, the reserve had almost completely recovered.
History and culture
The name of the reserve was chosen by Ngati Kere to honour local history. When Ngati Kahungunu settled the region, central Hawke's Bay was divided between Te Aomatarahi and Taraia.
Te Aomatarahi, a descendent of Porangahau, was given the lands east of Tukituki River and mana whenua passed to his descendents Tu Mapuhiarangi and Te Angiangi. The area covered by the mana of Te Angiangi included what is now the marine reserve.
Turn off State Highway 2 at Waipawa or Waipukurau. The drive will take approximately 30 minutes from either town. From Waipawa follow Pourere and Gibraltar roads to Aramoana. From Waipukurau follow Farm, Motere and Long Range roads to Blackhead.
Know before you go
There is evidence of widespread poaching at Te Angiangi Marine Reserve. As at 2013, 20% of marine reserve convictions nationally were for fishing here.
The extent of poaching has compromised scientific study and the integrity of Te Angiangi’s ecosystem.
Report offences to the Department of Conservation on +64 6 759 0350 (office hours), or the 24 hour conservation emergency hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).
All plant and animal life, alive or dead, in the marine reserve is totally protected. No fishing, seaweed or shellfish gathering is allowed. The reefs and sea floor are also protected so nothing can be removed from the reserve.
It is illegal to discharge any firearm, or any substance which may harm, or threaten plant and animal life in, or into the marine reserve. It is also illegal to release any plant or animal into the reserve which does not naturally occur there.
Horses and motor vehicles can be ridden or driven along the sand at the top of the rock platform but are not permitted on the rocky areas below mean high water.
Avoid disturbing wildlife. Birds and marine mammals should be observed from a distance and dogs kept on a leash at all times.