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John’s Perspective

By . Image credit Shaun Lee. 2017 may

The job of championing the care and protection of the Hauraki Gulf/ Tikapa Moana requires a long view and a patient disposition. It’s very easy to get caught up in the urgency of causes and press of politics.

I’m currently on a three week visit to China and Taiwan and already the Gulf is taking on a mirage-like shimmer.

The spotted shag story in this issue of the Gulf Journal reminds us that the trajectory of many aspects of the Gulf ecosystem is not as we would wish.

It’s important we invest wisely and enquire widely into the ways we can manage our natural resources alongside pressures for growth and development, as Dan Hikuroa reminds us in his review of progress with the National Science Challenges.

The perspective of younger generations gives me cause for optimism, as Suzanne McFadden’s piece on the response of participants to the recent Sir Peter Blake Trust’s Young Environment Leaders Forum shows.

Recently I’ve been delighted to meet Anita Richmond and Jude Tisdall and am encouraged by the work they are doing for the Piako catchment.

It’s important to be reminded of great work and bold ambition.

Mayor John Tregidga