2016 has been a
busy year for Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari, with the Stakeholder
Working Group close to finishing work on several chapters of the
Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan.
The plan will only
be completed when there is consensus across all of the proposed
areas and recommendations. Each of the major topics such as water
quality has overlapping causes and potential solutions, and an
integrated approach is needed to all of the issues facing the
focus on creating a 'sea change' – a real difference to all 1.2
million hectares of the Hauraki Gulf – rather than maintaining
business as usual. The health and wellbeing of the gulf and the
communities that depend on it, above and below water, are too
important for us all not to be taking this challenge on.
is Sea Change?
Sea Change – Tai
Timu Tai Pari has been underway since December 2013 as a
co-governance and stakeholder-led spatial planning exercise for the
Hauraki Gulf. The project has engaged iwi, commercial fishers,
recreational fishers, marine farmers, land users, conservationists
and others in a consensus-based collaborative process.
The development of
the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan is now well advanced. The plan
is scheduled to be finalised prior to the end of 2016. Its purpose
is to achieve sustainable management of the Hauraki Gulf which is
vibrant with life, has a healthy mauri, is increasingly productive
and supports thriving communities.
Stakeholder Working Group’s scope are commercial, customary and
recreational fisheries, as well as marine protection, with
recognition that fisheries and marine protection are interconnected.
representatives (working together as the Mātauranga Māori
Representative Group) have been working ‘in step’ with the
Stakeholder Working Group to provide a mātauranga Māori context for
each topic of the developing plan.
Group’s focus is also to ensure mana whenua o Tīkapa Moana/Te Moana
Nui-ā-Toi interests are at the forefront of this work.
Group meets monthly to further this work; have held a series of
hui-ā-iwi; and conducted a number of kanohi ki te kanohi hui to
check in with and report back to iwi/hapū. Most recently, members
attended a hui with Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Māori Trust Board
at Kawa marae, Te Motu o Aotea/Great Barrier Island.
Working Group meets regularly with key agency representatives in
Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington. The continued support of central
and local government is vital to successfully implementing the
plan’s collaborative process, as well as the direction of the plan.
Access to the
technical expertise from the Department of Conservation, Ministry of
Primary Industries, Waikato Regional Council and Auckland Council
throughout this project has been invaluable in ensuring the logic
and science behind the Group’s recommendations are sound.