Good to see RNZ and Auckland Council putting a spotlight on the sediment and waste escaping from our urban development. The podcast below focuses on an area of South East Auckland that flows into the Hauraki Gulf. Clearly a lot more needs to be done...
Did you know that there are at least 6 marine species in the Hauraki Gulf that have the potential to become pests and cause harm to the environment?
The government have outlined their plans in the Revitalising the Gulf Strategy to support the work being done to manage and mitigate against the introduction of non-indigenous marine species and diseases.
Our tamariki are taking action to protect our awa, roto and moana. Forrest Hill School has launched a petition to have Roto Pupuke, Lake Pupuke, and the parks that surround it formally included in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Please support them by signing the petition here:
An early draft of the first of the acts to replace the current Resource Management Act has just been released. The 'Natural and Built Environment' draft foreshadows some groundbreaking approaches - such as the requirement that environmental limits must be prescribed for biodiversity and the coastal waters + estuarine environments, and that their mana and mauri must be protected and restored. See more here:
The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is also our gateway to the digital world. This morning we were honoured to attend the ceremony to welcome the arrival of the next generation internet cable which connects Aotearoa, Fiji, Australia, Tokelau, Kiribati and the United States. The Southern Cross NEXT cable will double our connectivity with the world. Photos below of our Executive Officer signing the 'Golden Buoy' to mark the occasion with Mike McGrath and Justin Rae. The cable will come online in April 2022. Great to see Richard Hills there as local Councillor and Chair of Auckland's Environment and Climate Change Committee.
While we can be a bit parochial about our beloved Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, the announcement last week for the Gulf was part of a broader, bolder new oceans vision by this government for the whole country. Some important messages in the release from the Minister below.
The rego plate was clear on the news story. It only takes seconds to obtain the name and address of the owner for the police. Selling fish if not a licensed commercial fisherman is against the law. A complaint to the police might be required to get the investigation started.!!!
Respect to Joe Davis and Ngāti Hei especially after the recent pillage of over 1000 maomao by fishers 🤬
😤 We understand this was around the Alderman Islands, inside the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Pink maomao are beautiful 🐟 and can be easily targeted. Good to see the recreational fishing community standing up against such outrageous plunder.