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Hopefully, Tomorrow Will Deliver A Positive Sea Change For Tīkapa Moana, The Hauraki Gulf


WWF-New Zealand is thrilled to finally see the Government
launch its strategy to revitalize the Gulf – based
on Tai Timu Tai Pari/Sea Change –
the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan, but it has taken too
long. Since the time this project began in 2013, to when the
plan was delivered in 2016, to now – five years later and no
progress from Government has been made – the state of the
Hauraki Gulf has continued to rapidly
decline.

Fortunately, iwi and community groups such as
Ngāti Pāoa and the Waiheke Marine project, The Noises
Marine Restoration Project, Ngati Hei, and Revive our Gulf,
have valiantly stepped into the gap left by Government
inaction. These projects and others are backed by a range of
partners and the aspirational goals set by the Hauraki Gulf
Forum: 30% marine protection,1000km2 of shellfish bed and
reef restoration, catchment planting, and an end to marine
dumping. Their work to restore the mauri of Tīkapa Moana,
Te Moana Nui a Toi/The Hauraki Gulf is
invaluable.

“We are hoping this announcement from
Government on Sea Change will finally mean real and
immediate action is taken. It is all in the name: Sea
Change. Unfortunately, the only sea change we’ve seen
since 2013 has been negative. Now, is the time for positive
and immediate action in a collaborative conservation
model,” says Livia Esterhazy, WWF-New Zealand’s
CEO.

“Iwi, hapū, and coastal communities are at the
coal face and are best placed to protect and manage their
environment with support from Government and others. We hope
this is part of the plan,” continues Esterhazy.

In
order for Tīkapa Moana to recover and thrive, we call on
the Government to:

Protect at least 30% of the gulf,
using a range of protection tools to ensure it is equitable
and effective and designed to build resilience against the
impacts a changing climate.

Take an integrated,
mountains to seas approach to ecosystem management –
ensuring we address the many land-based impacts affecting
our marine environment.

Ensure fishing practices in
Tīkapa Moana are sustainable and well monitored, and
habitats of significance for fisheries management are mapped
and appropriately protected.

Our government and other
key stakeholders must work in true partnership with tangata
whenua to find effective pathways to ensure we secure a
healthy moana.

Ensure Māori, are able to exercise
rangatiratanga/self determination and
kaitiakitanga/guardianship over their marine resources and
develop mechanisms for mātauranga Māori to be used
alongside other knowledge in decision making
processes

WWF is committed to supporting iwi, hapū,
coastal communities, and the Government to restore the
Hauraki Gulf for future
generations.

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