Ngāti Kahungungu ki Wairarapa has announced a rāhui (traditional restriction) which has been put in place in the vicinity of Tora, South Wairarapa.
The location for the rāhui is a 1km square area taking in the Awhea River mouth, Seal Point and the Southern End of Stony Bay. The rāhui is in response to a recent death in the water at Tora.
The rāhui pertains to swimming and the taking of shellfish in the vicinity and will be in place from 3-7 August 2015.
It's reported that Michael Siemonek (49) was found dead in a shallow tidal area not far from the shore at Tora about 1pm on Sunday. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.
Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa on behalf of Ngāti Hinewaka ask that the rāhui be observed, and express their condolences to the whānau concerned.