A rāhui will be put in place over Northland's popular Mermaid Pools in Matapouri from tomorrow morning.
The Te Whanau ā Rangiwhakaahu hapū will put a rāhui in place over the pools at the northern headland of Matapouri and the access route over the Rangitapu headland to restore their environment, cultural and spiritual wellbeing.
A ceremony will take place at the Matapouri Beach at 5am tomorrow to bless and dedicate a carved pou before those present will go to the marae to conclude the formalities.
Hapū members are discussing with community groups, Department of Conservation, and other government agencies how to better protect the pools in future, including infrastructure development.
Signs will be put in place from this morning advising local and overseas visitors to Northland this long weekend about the rāhui.