501. The western side (left bank) of the estuary that the proposal incorporates is unmodified mudflats with a small area of salt marsh turf, and an extensive area of tall jointed rush. It is an intricate area of wetland. It is an area of special significance for wading birds and whitebait breeding. Flatfish are also a feature of the estuary's biodiversity. Saltmarsh has been removed by human action elsewhere in this estuary and the proposal would protect and / or allow restoration of what remains.
497. This proposed marine reserve includes the left bank of the Tahakopa Estuary. It extends from the bridge at Papatowai north for approximately 2 km upstream. The proposed area contains 0.3 km2 of estuarine habitat.
498. As a marine reserve, it would be a no-take area. All fishing would be prohibited.
499. Fishing vessels would be allowed to enter the area, so long as they had no gear used for the purpose of fishing in the water at the time. This is regardless as to whether they are carrying fish or not (and in accordance with existing fisheries regulations). No discharge to the MPA would be allowed, this includes (but not limited to) grey water, sewage and fish waste.
500. There are wāhi tapu located on the coast and the recovery of koiwi and other cultural artifacts by Kāi Tahu shall not be impacted by this proposal.