Meaning of mataitai reserve in English:

mataitai reserve

Pronunciation /məˈtʌɪtʌɪ rɪˌzəːv/


(also mataitai)
New Zealand
  • A marine area in which a particular Maori tribe has exclusive fishing rights.

    ‘within mataitai reserves, guardians set the rules for recreational fishing’
    • ‘We have already seen, under the fisheries legislation, that getting the issue of mataitai reserves through has quite a long gestation period.’
    • ‘Through its management plan, it may determine whether it wants a mataitai within a marine reserve - it is up to it.’
    • ‘They are contained in the 1993 fisheries legislation and are known as the taiapure and the mataitai.’
    • ‘How will the Government's new proposals incorporate customary rights, and in what way will they differ from existing customary usage of mataitai and taiapure?’
    • ‘That area includes shipping lanes, cable protection zones, taiapure, and mataitai - any area that is locked up in some way and protected.’
    • ‘You will be part of a team that assesses applications for proposed new aquaculture space, freshwater fish farming, aquatic life transfers and special permits, provides advice on a range of spatial tools, including mataitai reserves and taiapure-local fisheries and implementing the Marine Protected’
    • ‘Regulation 11 of the Resource Management Act (Marine Pollution) Regulations, promulgated in 1998, says: "No one can discharge untreated sewage in the coastal marine area from a ship or an offshore installation unless that discharge is more than 500m from shore, in waters deeper than 5m and more than 500m from a marine farm or gazetted mataitai reserve, or more than 200m from a marine reserve."’
    • ‘It has the ability to establish a mataitai reserve over a traditional fishing ground.’
    • ‘Mataitai reserves are permanent, but bylaws can change.’
    • ‘Shares are allocated within the group through a variety of administrative or negotiated processes such as rahui (ban on taking of kaimoana [seafood]) and mataitai (area of seashore that is managed as a traditional subsistence fishery).’


1990s from Maori mataitai ‘food from the sea’ + reserve.