Pursuant to Regulation 15 of the Marine Mammals Protection Regulations 1992, I, Michael Slater, Deputy Director-General, Operations, Department of Conservation, give notice that for a period of ten years from the date of this notice:
- No new permits shall be granted for viewing seals from or on the water within 200m of Ohau Point New Zealand Fur Seal Sanctuary (defined by clause 3 of Schedule 3 of Kaikoura (Te Tai o Marokura) Marine Management Act 2014).
- No new permits shall be granted for swimming with seals on the Kaikoura coast (defined here as all those waters between the Clarence River Mouth (173°56'E, 42°10'S) and the Conway River Mouth (173°28'E, 42°37'S) and extending out due east to one nautical mile from the shore).
This declaration does not apply to any application to renew an existing commercial permit for the location specified above or to transfer any permit in its entirety or in part, or to vary any permit, provided there is no material increase in the amount of contact with marine mammals.
Dated at Wellington this 9th day of November 2015.
MICHAEL SLATER, Deputy Director-General, Operations (pursuant to an instrument of delegation dated 9 September 2015).