Te Angiangi Marine Reserve map
At low tide a broad mudstone platform is exposed, revealing beds of Neptune’s necklace, pink coralline seaweeds, and patches of sea grass mixed with a lively rockpool community of fish and shellfish, including golden limpets.
Offshore the interplay of the warm East Cape current and the colder South Wairarapa current means many typically ‘northern’ and ‘southern’ marine species occur in the reserve. Sometimes these can even be seen swimming together, or sheltering in the same crevice. Rock lobsters are conspicuous.
In April 2011 a heavy rainfall event coincided with a shallow magnitute 4.5 earthquake, resulting in inundation of the rock platform by 14 landslides. In places landslides covered the full width of the platform (more than 100 m), completely burying or sweeping away the biological communities living there. Within a few months however relentless wave action had begun to uncover the platform, and positive signs of recovery were evident throughout the intertidal zone. A couple of years later, the reserve had almost completely recovered.
There is evidence of widespread poaching at Te Angiangi Marine Reserve. As at 2013, 20% of marine reserve convictions nationally were for fishing here.
The extent of poaching has compromised scientific study and the integrity of Te Angiangi’s ecosystem. Please report offences to the Department of Conservation on +64 6 759 0350 (office hours), or 0800 DOC HOT (after hours).