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The rāhui in place at Ōpoutere Beach, the Wharekawa Harbour, and Wharekawa River following a drowning incident in January has been lifted.

Date:  07 February 2023

Appropriate tikanga to lift the rāhui was undertaken by kaumatua at Ōpoutere Beach yesterday.

A rāhui (physical and spiritual protection mechanism) sets a temporary prohibition around the rāhui area and limits access or activities for that period to acknowledge the death and express sympathy to the whānau of the deceased. 

It provides time for tapu (sacredness) to dissipate following the fatalities, allowing time for healing and recovery of the natural elements at place as well as the people - in particular, the grieving whānau. 

Members of the public are now free to resume recreational activities, fishing, and shellfish collection at these locations.


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