Topic: Tapuae Marine Reserve

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Information and items relating to the Tapuae Marine Reserve

    The Tapuae Marine Reserve covers 1404ha of  water off the North Taranaki coast. The reserve adjoins the Sugar Loaf Island Marine Protected Area (SLIMPA) and stretches from Herekawe stream in the north to Tapuae stream in the south.

    The establishment of the reserve increases the protection status of the SLIMPA where it overlaps it. The status of the remaining area of the SLIMPA continues to be governed only by the Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Protected Areas Act 1991. This overlapping area of the Marine Reserve and the SLIMPA contains diverse habitats of rocks, canyons, caves, crevices, overhangs, boulder fields, sand, mud and lahar reefs, supporting a great variety of marine animal and algal life. The Marine Reserve area contains both typical and the unique underwater scenery, natural features and marine life.  there are intertidal rocky platforms over two thirds of the length, interspersed with sand areas. this intertidal habitat is representative of the cape egmont coastal unit. Paritutu and the Sugar Loaf Islands are distinct from the rest of the Cape Egmont coastal unit, being eroded from the hard andesitic intrusives (the remnant of an eroded volcano).  They provide the most shelter on an otherwise exposed coast and consequently support the most diverse communities.

"Taranaki is known for its rugged coast, but the Seal Rock/Waikaranga Island provides a natural shield, resulting in a wide variety of habitats and sheltered areas. it's this complexity that has allowed a diverse range of marine life to flourish."

Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick - May 2008

 Large schools of pelagic and reef fish, rock-lobster, paua, sponges, bryozoans, hydroids and a variety of other invertebrates are found within the Marine Reserve area. The islands and associated coastline are also important breeding and haul-out sites for New Zealand Fur Seals and contain their northernmost breeding population.

     This topic will contain information on the the Tupuae Marine Reserve. It will also contain documents relating to the application made by the NMMRS for the establishment of the Marine Reserve.


Map of the Marine Reserve

 Tapuae MR Sea Floor Survey (2004)

 Marine Reserve Brochure

Marine Reserve Application


Official information may be found on the website


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