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In Hawke's Bay you can fish for whitebait from 1 September - 30 October each year. On this page you can find out how to apply and pay for a whitebait stand.

Whitebaiting in Hawke's Bay

In Hawke's Bay you can fish for whitebait between 1 September - 30 October. 

The Regional Council issues resource consents for whitebait stands. Each stand owner must comply with all conditions of their resource consent.

Whitebaiting stands can be erected 7 days prior to the start of the season and must be removed within 14 days of the season ending.

About the 2024 whitebaiting season

The whitebaiting season begins on 1 September and ends on 30 October. You can access your whitebait stand from 25 August, seven days before the season begins.

Check out this whitebaiting guide from DOC for information about regulations, species, and populations.

Please respect our awa. No rubbish dumping, tree felling, or anti-social behaviour is allowed and may result in licenses being revoked.

Stand application and payment 

You can apply for a new whitebait stand using the form below. Your application will be for a stand at one site. Please note, in some areas there are waiting lists which are managed by the Regional Council and delegates.

Current stand holders will receive an invoice a month or so before the season starts. If this invoice isn’t paid before the season starts, the site may be given to another applicant. 

Whitebait stand - Resource consent application

2024 FeesCost
Whitebait stand $55.00
Keys (only to be used during the whitebaiting season) $20.00

How to pay

  • In person at the Regional Council’s main office, 159 Dalton Street, Napier
  • By internet banking to account number 02-0700-0302819-00. Please quote reference 'Whitebait'.

Whitebaiting river delegates

River Contact Name Contact number
Tukituki River, Clive Glen Lindsay (06) 875 0006 or 027 540 0352
Tukutuki  River, Haumoana Maurice Hall 027 669 6174
Clive River Jonathan Swinbanks 027 249 2090
Ngaruroro River Dean Dawson (06) 879 9788 (Leave message)
Tutaekuri River Allan Niethe (Nitzy) (06) 844 7979 or 027 359 8234

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