The Kōmiti is the mandated group of Tangata Kaitiaki who manage the Customary Fisheries interests of ngā hapū o Ahipara. The area of interest is from Hukatere south to Titahi just north Herekino Harbour.
The Role of the Kōmiti can include but are not limited to the following:
Tangaroa te atua moana, Paraweta te kaitiaki o Tauroa,
He tapu te rāhui, he tikanga tuku iho
Kaua e tukinotia ngā ture tikanga
Kia tūpato kei whara hoki tōu ake whānau
Manaakitia te taiao
Ahipara Kōmiti Takutaimoana
The Ahipara Kōmiti Takutaimoana was established in 2009 as an initiative by Tangata Whenua to ensure the sustainable use and protection of the Kaimoana/seafood for both present and future generations.
The same year the Kōmiti declared the area between Te Omu and Te Aho under Rāhui which means no fishing or gathering of seafood in this area which is marked by two Pouwhenua.
In 2011, 20,000 baby pāua were planted at Tauroa to help replenish stock as research has indicated that at the current rate paua is being taken there will be no pāua left for our mokopuna/ grandchildren.
Kia āhei o a tātou tamariki o āpopo ki te rahi o ngā kaimoana o enei rā; ā, kia nui tonu ake ki ngā tini o Tangaroa i te wā o ngā mātua tūpuna.
Let our children see tomorrow the kaimoana that we see today, and more, as our fathers saw more yesterday than we do today.