The Sea Change Marine Spatial Plan for the Hauraki Gulf

Find out about plans to improve the mauri and environmental qualities of the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland.

A plan made through collaboration

The Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan contains a set of proposals for restoring the health of the Hauraki Gulf.

The plan is non-statutory and was released at the end of 2016. It was developed through the collective efforts of a 14-member working group. The group's members represented mana whenua, environmental groups, and the fishing, aquaculture, and agriculture sectors.

The plan aims to reverse the environmental decline in the Gulf and provide for social, cultural and economic well-being.

It's ambitious and includes proposals for:

  • marine protected areas
  • fisheries management
  • opportunities for localised, community-led marine management
  • regional economic development.

Making it happen

The next step is for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) to review and test the plan’s conservation and fisheries proposals. We'll consider their costs and benefits for all those with an interest in the Gulf. From there, we will develop an implementation strategy to bring to the Ministers of Conservation and Fisheries.

We won't be doing this work alone

To support this work, the ministers have proposed setting up an independent Ministerial Advisory Committee. The committee will act as a sounding board for Crown agencies as they review the proposals, and will provide independent advice to ministers.

We'll also be talking with mana whenua, communities, and with the Auckland Council and the Waikato Regional Council to ensure our strategies for implementing the Sea Change Plan are aligned.

It's a big task, and we're only at the start. But the work done by all the people behind the Sea Change Plan has laid an excellent foundation.

Forming the committee

We've held a series of public meetings to let people around the Gulf know about our immediate plans. We sought their feedback on the proposed committee, the process, and nominations for potential members.

The committee will need to provide Government with advice and expertise in subject areas such as science and matauranga Māori, environmental issues, law, economics, and fisheries management.

Download the committee's draft terms of reference [PDF, 93 KB]

Nominate someone for the committee

You can nominate someone for the committee by completing the form. Nominations close on 25 March 2019.

Nomination form [DOCX, 72 KB]

We want to hear from you

While the meetings have concluded, we'd still like to hear from you. Contact us with your thoughts about the committee or ask us questions.

Department of Conservation

Post: DOC Sea Change team
Policy and Visitors Group
Department of Conservation
PO Box 1040
Wellington 6142

Ministry for Primary Industries

Post: MPI Sea Change team
Fisheries New Zealand
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140

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