The Sea Change Marine Spatial Plan for the Hauraki Gulf

Find out about the work being done on the Government's response strategy to the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Marine Spatial Plan for the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

A plan made through collaboration

The Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan (the plan)  was released in December 2016. It contains a set of proposals for improving the health and mauri of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

The non-statutory plan was developed over 3 years by a 14-member stakeholder working group. The group represented mana whenua, environmental groups, and the fishing, aquaculture and agriculture sectors.

The plan aims to improve the health of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park for future generations. It includes proposals for:

  • marine protection and fisheries management
  • habitat restoration
  • catchment management
  • localised co-management
  • opportunities for economic development.

Taking action on the Sea Change Plan

In November 2018, the Government announced it would develop a response strategy to the plan’s conservation and fisheries proposals.

Progress on sea change proposals (media release) - Beehive

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) are reviewing and testing the plan’s conservation and fisheries proposals. We're considering their costs and benefits for all those with an interest in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Then we'll develop a draft response strategy for the Ministers of Conservation and Fisheries to consider.

We won't be doing this work alone

An independent Ministerial Advisory Committee will support our work. It will act as a sounding board for us (MPI and DOC). The committee provides expert feedback and advice as we review and test the proposals to achieve the plan's outcomes. The committee will also give independent advice to Government ministers.

During this work, we'll be talking with mana whenua, stakeholders, communities, and with the Auckland Council and the Waikato Regional Council. We want to ensure our strategies for implementing the plan are aligned.

It's a big task, but the work done by all the people behind the Plan has laid a strong foundation.

The Sea Change Ministerial Advisory Committee

The Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Ministerial Advisory Committee was established in July 2019. It has expertise in subject areas relevant to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park such as science and matauranga Māori, environmental issues, law, economics, and commercial and recreational fisheries management.

Members of the committee are:

  • Catherine Harland (co-chair)
  • Paul Majurey (mana whenua co-chair)
  • Volker Kuntzsch
  • Dr Jeremy Helson
  • Raewyn Peart
  • Dr John Montgomery
  • Tame Te Rangi
  • Dr Valmaine Toki
  • Liane Ngamane
  • Dirk Sieling (appointed 16 December 2019)
  • Moana Tamaariki-Pohe (appointed 16 December 2019)

The committee first met on 30 July 2019 and meets regularly to provide feedback and advice on the response strategy.

Find out more about the committee

New ministerial committee established to progress Hauraki Gulf marine plan (media release) – Beehive

Terms of Reference for the committee, including the scope of the response strategy [PDF, 489 KB]

Who to contact

Ministry for Primary Industries

Department of Conservation

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