Saturday, 29 February 2020


Rāhui placed on Motutere/Castle Rock

Ngati Huarere have implemented a rāhui (a restriction on entry) on their maunga, Motutere/Castle Rock (pictured), until further notice.

Two people, Shannon Earle Makowharemahihi and Kimi Worrell, have both unfortunately lost their lives in the last three months while exploring Motuture. Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue was involved in the extraction of both Shannon and Kimi’s bodies and Steve Hart, KSAR chairman, says Motutere has been a focal point for their searches in recent times. “In the last few years we have been called out to Motutere for four search and rescue operations," he says.

The closure of Motutere is effective immediately and the public are asked not to access the Motutere area.

"As legal owners, we want to take time to discuss how we manage our maunga going forward," says Wanda Brljevich, Ngati Huarere spokesperson.

"This mountain is private property and notice is given that any unauthorised access will be considered as trespassing. Ngati Huarere does not accept any responsibility for anyone accessing the [area]," says Mrs Brljevich. 


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