Hauraki Gulf Co-Governance still an issue

A report recommending co-governance of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park has been rejected,
thanks largely to the work of Auckland group Democracy Action.

However, the Hauraki Gulf Forum has yet to vote on the "Sea Change" Marine Spatial Plan (Tai Timu Tai Pari) which proposes the establishment of 'ahu-moana' zones around the entire Gulf coastline (including offshore islands) extending 1km out to sea. The Sea Change plan also proposes management by 50% tribal trust appointees and 50% community representatives, with no mention of how community representatives would be appointed. Under Sea Change, governing committees would have the power to prohibit recreational and commercial fishing wholly or partially over any area of "their" zone, and over any or all fish species, based on "cultural values" (with no need for scientific evidence). 

As tribal groups tend to vote "en bloc" the introduction of the Sea Change plan will, in effect, amount to tribal rule of the entire Hauraki Gulf coastline.

The "Sea Change" - Marine Spatial Plan

To read a copy of the Sea Change (Tai Timu Tai Pari) Marine Spatial Plan click here

For further information on this issue, please refer to Democracy Action here.

If you wish governance of the Hauraki Gulf area to remain in control of the wider community, please speak up. 

Tell your local representatives that you wholly reject co-governance arrangements which are being forced onto the nation without our consent. The contact details for members of the Hauraki Gulf Forum are listed below.

Member Representative Contact email
Minister of Conservation Mr Andrew Baucke,Hon Maggie Barry [email protected]
Minister of Primary Industries Mr Steve Halley,Hon Nathan Guy [email protected]
Maori Affairs Mr Leo Koziol,Hon Te Ururoa Flavell [email protected]
Auckland Council Cr Richard Hills [email protected]
Auckland Council Cr John Watson [email protected]
Auckland Council Cr Michael Lee [email protected]
Auckland Council Cr Chris Darby [email protected]
Auckland Council Cr Wayne Walker [email protected]
Auckland Council Great Barrier Local Board Mr Jeff Cleave [email protected]
Auckland Council Waiheke Local Board Mr John Meeuwsen [email protected]
Hauraki District Council Mayor John Tregidga (Chairman) [email protected]
MatamataPiako District Council Cr Paul Cronin [email protected]
ThamesCoromandel District Council Mayor Sandra Goudie [email protected]
Waikato District Council Cr Rob McGuire [email protected]
Waikato Regional Council Cr Dal Minogue [email protected]


Democracy Action

For further details contact Democracy Action: www.democracyaction.org.nz

Democracy Action is an Auckland based community group, established to champion the fundamental importance of democracy and equality of citizenship in New Zealand.