Ngāti Ruamahue hapū have placed a tapu [restriction/protection] on the Piapia beachfront in Wainui after the discovery of kōiwi [skeletal remains]. Access is restricted from the Piapia boat ramp to Whakaironui. An announcement about the tapu said Cyclone Gabrielle had caused substantial erosion to Piapia, during which kōiwi were uncovered in three separate locations in the bay. The area has been fenced off and the tapu will be in place until the kōiwi are identified by an archeologist before being taken to their final resting place in Kāteatea.
Link to article: Northland news in brief: Kōiwi found on Wainui beach; Top Energy warns of planned outage - NZ Herald