In 2021 the Motiti Protection Area was introduced and is in place for 10 years managed by the Bay Of Plenty Regional Council. These new rules have been introduced to protect indigenous biodiversity and acknowledge the significant marine, landscape and cultural values in the area. Those three areas comprise of Ōtaiti (Astrolabe Reef); including Te Papa (Brewis Shoal), Te Porotiti, and Okarapu Reef, Motuhaku Island (Schooner Rocks) and Motunau Island (Plate Island).
As divers we are excited to have this on our door step and look forward to watching these areas florish.
Anyone wishing to dive on these reefs must register their trip with Bay of Plenty Regional Council and follow the anchoring guidelines Register your Trip