Rāhui placed Matapouri Mermaid Pools on the board, closing them to visitors



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A tapu rāhui is now officially in force at Rangitapu (the promontory) and Te Wai O Taniwha, at Mermaid Pools.

BROOK SABIN

A tapu rāhui is now officially in force at Rangitapu (the promontory) and Te Wai O Taniwha, at Mermaid Pools.

The Matapouri Mermaid Pools are now officially closed to the public, iwi announced.

The Ngatiwai Trust Board posted on their Facebook page Saturday morning that a cultural closure had been placed on the promontory and the Mermaid Pools, also known as Te Wai O Taniwha.

Pools can draw thousands of visitors to the Northland coast every weekend.

However, they were damaged by urine and sunscreen as well as tourists leaving trash behind.

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Rāhui, a temporary ritual prohibition, was designed to preserve the cultural, ecological and physical environment.

Kris MacDonald, the president of Matapuri marae, previously Thing the closure could last several years – as long as the taonga had to be restored.

"It does not make sense to have a beautiful taonga like this if it's killed by many people," he said.

Te Whanau to Rangiwhakaahu Hapū, led by President Aperahama (Abe) Edwards, announced his intention to put a rāhui over the pools on February 14.

Tourists and area visitors were still encouraged to visit other parts of the coast.

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