15 August - The Whitebait fishing season opens.
The whitebait fishing season opens on the 15 August for all areas of New Zealand, except the West Coast and the Chatham Islands.
On the West Coast the whitebait season is from 1 September to 14 November and on the Chatham Islands it is from 1 December till the end of February.
The whitebait season goes through to the 30 November.
Department of Conservation staff and honorary rangers will patrol streams and rivers during the season to ensure whitebaiters are keeping to the regulations.