Chlöe Swarbrick recently sought our position on the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act and coastal/ocean sprawl, in the context of Pūtiki Bay. Here is the reply from our Co-Chairs. Like all, we are concerned at the plight of the kororā there. 🐧
Yes, and specifics need adding to the act e.g. any near coastal development should do something to promote the enhancement of the gulf eg build snd donate penguin nesting boxes if it’s a small development, up to building / restoring habitats for large developments. Also no one who lives within .5 km of the coast should be permitted to own a cat or dog off a leash. Etc.
Who does have the power to stop developments that have egregious outcomes for our wildlife?
It appears that DoC and Auckland Council have both green-lighted it and believe the penguins will just sort themselves out. This appears to be at odds with what penguin experts say.
I completely agree that more stringent rules for pet owners around vulnerable habitats would be a very good idea. Unfortunately this is an area that no-one with the ability to make legislation and by-laws wants to touch.
Yes. Will take decades to house National's million extra people.
Protect Kennedy Point
Unfortunately, those that do have the power to do something about this, The Auckland Council and the Labour Government aren't doing anything. One of the biggest disappointments from Labour is their inaction on conservation. Previously they blamed NZ First for failure to act, now they govern alone we see that any talk from Labour about conservation is just hollow talk.
Too small to read.
Send me a copy please:
Episode 4 of Hauraki Gulf Kōrero is an amazing conservation success story. 🐋🎧
Dr Rochelle Constantine (University of Auckland) and Matt Ball (Ports of Auckland) share their kōrero about saving our tohorā - Bryde's whales - from the moment they knew something had to be done, to the challenges of bringing together key stakeholders, and their ultimate success in agreeing a voluntary protocol to slow ship speeds to 10kts in the Hauraki Gulf which has since saved 15 whales and counting.
Available now on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and at the link below:
Is it a gull? Is it a gannet? Is it a mollymawk? 🧐 Lately, these questions have been popping up on many of our Facebook Newsfeeds as seabirds have started turning up in the most peculiar places – urban streets, suburban back yards and even at the base of the Sky Tower!
Episode 3 of Hauraki Gulf Kōrero has just dropped in time for the long weekend! 🎧🎤
Listen at the link below or your favourite podcast platform.
Twin sisters Moana Tamaariki-Pohe and Donna Tamaariki (Ngāti Whatua Ōrākei, Te Waiohua, Cook Islands, Tahitian) share their kōrero about their beloved Ōkahu bay, looking back across generations with stories of past abundance, to post-colonial degradation of the moana, and recent restoration of mauri with the removal of moorings, kūtai replensihment, and aihe returning to the bay.
There have been a number of flagrant breaches of fishing rules recently in the Hauraki Gulf. Make sure you know the rules when you head down to the coast or out into the Gulf. Grab the app at the link ⬇️ ... See MoreSee Less
Dean Ogilvie (Ngāti Paoa, Te Uri Karaka, Te Rarawa) & Lucy Tukua (Ngāti Tahinga, Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Whanaunga) share their kōrero about Waiheke, from the deep history of Ngāti Paoa on the motu, to colonisation and alienation, and more recently a reconnection – leading to successful collaboration with the community, and the laying of a rāhui.
Available on Spotify and all major podcast platforms. See here: