Tongariro River
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This advisory group assists communication between anglers and the Taupō Fishery.

The Taupō Fishery Advisory Committee (TFAC) was established as an advisory committee under section 56 of the Conservation Act 1987, with its structure and functions detailed in the Taupō Fishery Regulations 2004.


The purpose of TFAC is to:

  • facilitate communication between anglers, stakeholders, and DOC
  • advocate Taupō sport fishing interests and ethical standards in angling behaviour
  • advise DOC on freshwater and sport fishing matters within the Taupō District
  • liaise with the NZ Fish and Game Council.


TFAC is comprised of twelve members to represent the views of anglers and stakeholders on matters affecting the management of the Taupō fishery. All appointments are made by the Minister on nomination from:

  • Advocates for the Tongariro River Inc 
  • Motuoapa Fishing and Boating Club   
  • NZ Professional Fishing Guides’ Association 
  • Taupō Commercial Launchmen’s Association 
  • Taupō Fishing Club  
  • Tongariro & Lake Taupō Anglers’ Club
  • Tongariro National Trout Centre Society 
  • Waitahanui Angling Improvement Association
  • Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board           
  • National angling interests     
  • New Zealand Fish and Game Council
  • Appropriate Conservator of the Department

Section 14 of the Māori Land Amendment and Māori Land Claims Adjustment Act 1926 established a relationship between the Crown and Ngati Tūwharetoa to manage the Taupō Deeds enacted in 1992 and 2007 further clarified property rights and simplified payments. The Crown, initially through the Department of Internal Affairs Wildlife Service and then DOC, exercises its part in this relationship through management of the Taupō Fishery.


TFAC meets at least three times a year to discuss issues that impact anglers within the Taupō Fishing District. An agenda is generated a week before a meeting and made available to committee members and the angling community. Both the agenda and minutes for each meeting are accessible here: TFAC meeting agendas and minutes.

(Note: These files are shared on our FTP server. Help accessing files on our FTP server.)

If you would like to raise a fishery related issue, email TFAC directly at

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