Rāhui put in place for stretch of Bay of Plenty coast after fatal shark attack at Waihi Beach

Source: 1News

A rāhui has been put in place from Waihi Beach to the Bowentown Heads after the fatal shark attack at the Bay of Plenty beach yesterday.

The rāhui, a form of tapu restricting access to an area, is also in place down to Shelly Bay areas Ongare, Tuapiro and Tanners Point.

A woman in her 20s died yesterday afternoon after a suspected shark attack, the first fatal attack in the Bay of Plenty in around 145 years.

“It has been decided that a rāhui be placed on the listed areas above by Tangata Whenua marae of Otawhiwhi,” the marae trust wrote on Facebook.

“This is to show respect for the family and to maintain customary practices,” the post read.

It is expected to be in place for a week, from 7am this morning through to the same time on January 15.

The rāhui prohibits the collection of shellfish and all fishing.