Guidelines for Maimai Construction on Public waters
These conditions have been designed to maintain the environmental quality of the surrounding area including aesthetics, while also ensuring that maimais meet Occupational Health and Safety standards.
Maimais should be constructed at least a month before opening season as this gives gamebirds a chance to come to terms with the new structure and settle down. The maimais should be sited in a location that takes full advantage of prevailing winds, low horizons and good water access.
-The consent of the landowner/management agency is required for permanent maimai placement or construction.
-Maimais should generally have 4 corner posts (eg. 100mm x 200mm tantalized wood) acting as the main structural supports upon which the body of the maimai can be constructed.
-No concrete or steel is to be used.
-No maimai may be locked.
-The remainder of the maimai should be made of natural materials that harmonize with the surrounding environment. Netting may be required to attach the vegetation to the maimai. The use of corrugated iron is not recommended.
-Do not to take vegetation from any surrounding reserves.
-Maimais should be capable of easy removal at the end of the duck hunting season and therefore contain no permanent features such as wood heaters.
-Maimais should be maintained in a safe and tidy condition for other hunters when not in use by the registered hunter and surrounding areas should be kept free of litter.
-The maximum floor height is not to exceed 1m above normal high water levels.
-Floor surface area should not exceed 4m2, ie, 2m wide by 2m long. The maximum height will vary depending on location relevant to surrounding vegetation but should not exceed 3m above the floor level.
Maimais on Lake Ellesmere will be inspected randomly by field staff and if in their opinion they do not conform with the objective and rules of the council, they reserve the right to require alterations or removal.