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In Hawke's Bay you can fish for whitebait between 1st September to 30th October.
Whitebait is an important tradition and an important recreational and commercial resource. On this page you can find out how to apply for a whitebait stand.

Whitebaiting in Hawke's Bay

In Hawke's Bay you can fish for whitebait between 1 September to 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 2022 Whitebaiting season

The whitebaiting season begins on 1 September to 30 October.  You can access your whitebait stand from 25 August, 7 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.

You can apply for your whitebait stand using the form below.

Whitebait stand - Resource consent application

2022 FeesCost
Whitebait stand $55.00
Keys $20.00

You can pay at the Regional Council’s main office, 159 Dalton St Napier or by internet banking 02-0700-0302819-00 Please quote reference 'Whitebait'.

Whitebaiting river delegates

River Contact Name Contact number
Tukituki River, Clive Glen Lindsay 006468750006 / 0275400352
Tukutuki  River, Haumoana Maurice Hall 0276696174
Clive River Jonathan Swinbanks 0272492090
Ngaruroro River Dean Dawson 006468799788 (Leave message)
Tutaekuri River Allan Niethe (Nitzy) 006468447979 / 0273598234

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