We are looking forward to the announcement on Tuesday 22 June of the Government's Response Strategy to the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari plan for the Hauraki Gulf. Some important comments by the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries this morning on RNZ - listen at the link below.
Fisheries scientist says the Government's move to ban commercial fishing skippers throwing unwanted catch overboard is is the biggest change to fisheries management in 100 years. The Minister for Ocea...
Great but slow. Now stop bottom trawling. Raise biomass to at least 40% of original biomass from the pathetic 20% at precent. You know it makes good sense if we want to have a sustainable fisheries into future.!!!
Thank you to all individuals and groups that took part in the Ocean Champion Challenge this year - its the first year that we made it a requirement to send us a video entry and we were so pleased wi...
It's World Ocean Day. How about taking a dip in the Hauraki Gulf today? You'll feel alive! See below from our friends at Live OceanTake the plunge with us on World Ocean Day, Tuesday 8 June, to champion a healthy future for our ocean!
The annual Live Ocean Winter Dip challenges YOU to create a video of a 30 second dip in the ocean on World Ocean Day, share it to your instagram, nominate 3 friends to do the same, and tag @itsliveocean, #LiveOceanDip and #WorldOceanDay to show your support for our blue planet.
Are you with us? Let us know in the comments below where you plan to get amongst the Live Ocean Winter Dip 👇🏽 and get tagging your mates you might nominate 😏 ... See MoreSee Less
We were honoured to speak at COROMANDEL: Protecting the Sea at our Doorstep yesterday in Whitianga. Around 250 locals packed out the hall to tautoko Ngati Hei Ki Wharekaho's rāhui on scallops and discuss options to further restore and protect the Eastern Coromandel coastline. Huge groundswell of support for the Forum's call to remove dredging and other bottom-impact fishing methods from the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. The winds of change were blowing briskly in Whitianga...
Episode 7 of Hauraki Gulf Kōrero has just gone live in time for the long weekend 🎧🎤🐳 Available now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and all good platforms.
Bobby Newson (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Te Tao Maui) shares his kōrero about the pressures facing the Hauraki Gulf, collaboration between Tāmaki Paenga Hira and the Noises islands, and the importance of listening to our rangatahi and our moana - "the moana has a lot of messages we are missing".
Not a lot to be proud of in the graphic below from the Ministry for the Environment. As part of the forthcoming RMA reforms, the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act will also be updated as there is a direct link between the two pieces of legislation. This is an important opportunity to right some of the failures of the past and ensure a more biodiverse and abundant future.There is broad consensus New Zealand’s resource management system introduced by the RMA (1991) has not adequately protected the environment or enabled development where needed. This has a negative effect on our health and wellbeing.
Ecosystems are degraded, our waterways are in major decline, biodiversity is diminishing with over 4,000 of our plant and animal native species are now threatened.
Urban development has struggled to keep pace with population growth and New Zealand’s housing is now amongst the least affordable in the OECD.
We have been slow to respond to climate change with rising sea levels, increasing droughts, floods, fires and extreme weather events.
Māori need to be able to participate effectively.
The RMA has become increasingly complex and has shown a lack of responsiveness to changing circumstances and demands
There is an urgent need to address these problems and create a resource management system that is fit-for-purpose and protects and provides for the wellbeing of future generations. ... See MoreSee Less
The calls of shorebirds used to echo around the Hauraki Gulf. These days, apart from in a few places, they are few and far between. Learn about the plight of our shorebirds in our latest Gulf Journal blog post here:
Perpetual Guardian have funding available for preserving and restoring the Hauraki Gulf! Ngā mihi nui Perpetual Guardian - thanks for stepping up to help the Gulf. See details below - applications close 30 June.