November 02, 2018
Leadership needed for Hauraki Gulf plan
The Environmental Defence Society wants central and local government agencies to start working more closely to implement a world-leading marine spatial plan.
The society released a report today Turning the Tide: Integrated marine planning in New Zealand, looking at lessons from the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari planning project for the Hauraki Gulf, which was completed in 2016.
Policy director and report author Raewyn Peart says Sea Change was the most ambitious marine planning project to be undertaken in New Zealand.
World leading aspects included its catchment-to-sea approach, embedding mātauranga Māori into the planning process, and using a stakeholder-led collaborative process for the plan’s development.
But she says implementation required leadership, which she hopes the Government will provide.
Ms Peart says other areas such as the Marlborough Sounds would benefit from such an integrated marine planning approach.
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