Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan

Updated on Tue, 08/18/2020 - 09:29
Permission given to Tracey Benson to share from co-author Desna Whaanga-Schollum
Hauraki Gulf / Te Reo and English
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.

Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari (Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan) He taonga tuku iho – treasures handed down from the ancestors.

The Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana is an incredible natural environment and a nationally significant place. For over a millenia, it has been a taonga to the people who belong to and identify with it.

The Gulf is now under significant pressure, and its communities have seen a marked decline in its mauri, environmental quality and abundance of resources.

Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari is your Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan, a collaborative effort between mana whenua, local and central goverment agencies, and local communities and interest groups.

It includes a number of significant principles, proposals and innovative measures to manage and protect the Gulf, and help deliver on our shared vision. A vision of the return of Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana as a place that is vibrant with life, has a strong mauri, is productive and supports healthy and prosperous communities.

About the Plan

Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari is a ground-breaking initiative, designed to secure a healthy, productive and sustainable future for the Hauraki Gulf . It will deliver a marine spatial plan towards the end of 2016. This plan will ultimately inform how the Hauraki Gulf is shared, used and stewarded for future generations.

We need Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari because environmental indicators tell us the Hauraki Gulf is an ecosystem under real pressure. Successive State of our Gulf reports clearly demonstrate the more we all use the gulf, the harder it is to keep it healthy.

Until now, managing pressures on the gulf has been difficult, because different agencies are responsible for managing and regulating different activities within the marine space. Through Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari, these agencies are turning to interest groups, communities and other stakeholders to work together collaboratively to find a solution. You can read in more detail about the challenges and opportunities facing the Gulf in our Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari factsheet. 

Mana whenua, Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, territorial authorities, the Department of Conservation, Ministry for Primary Industries and the Hauraki Gulf Forum have all recognised that working in partnership – and empowering a wide range of stakeholders – is a way to get the best outcomes from the management of the gulf and its resources. You can read more about their partnership, and the Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) supporting the process, in who’s on board.

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