Hauraki Gulf Forum

City Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Seminars

2015 - Forward Together

Session 1: Heart Talk


Introduction by Hauraki Gulf Forum Chair John Tregidga.

John's introduction (PDF 112KB)

Paddle power

Twin sisters Moana Tamaariki-Pohe and Donna Tamaariki established a waka ama club to build kaupapa Māori and environmental awareness. Moana dips her paddle in the history and places of the Waitematā and beyond.

City wildman

Kennedy Warne writes about wilderness for National Geographic and New Zealand Geographic magazines and National Radio’s Off the Beaten Track. He looks for adventure and meaning close to home.

City Wildman – Kennedy Warne (PDF 200KB)

Find out more, watch Kennedy's presentation.

An island to ourselves

The Noises have belonged to Rod and Sue Neureuters’ family a long time. They’ve seen many changes, not all of them for the best.

An island to ourselves - Sue and Rod Neureuter (PDF 3.8MB)

Find out more, watch Sue and Rod's presentation.

Youth voice

Lynfield College’s Gauri Prabhakar leads by example with action on waste.

Youth voice - Gauri Prabhakar (PDF 883KB)

Gauri’s speech (PDF 245KB)

Find out more, watch Gauri's presentation

Session 2: Science Talk

State of our Firth

Dr Malcolm Green looks at water quality and ecosystem health in the Firth of Thames. How far have we pushed the system and can we dial it back?

State of our Firth - Dr Malcolm Green, NIWA (PDF 1.3MB)

Find out more, watch Malcolm's presentation.

How restorable?

Mussel reef restoration was born out of a previous seminar. Dr Mark Morrison looks at the feasibility of restoring more of the Gulf’s marine ecosystems.

How restorable - Dr Mark Morrison, NIWA (PDF 1MB)

Find out more, watch Mark's presentation.

Broadening the frame

When a container ship struck rocks off Tauranga Dr Kepa Morgan was ready to combine science and maatauranga to return the reef’s mauri to a pre-Rena state.

Broadening the frame - Dr Kepa Morgan, University of Auckland (PDF 1.1MB)

Find out more, watch Kepa's presentation.

Youth perspective

Victoria University’s Tilde Mortenson has created an eel sanctuary on Waiheke Island.

Find out more, watch the Awaawaroa Eel Sanctuary YouTube video.

Session 3: Smart Talk

Fishing’s new face

Sanford CEO Volker Kuntzsch believes the future of fishing in the Gulf is tied to sustainability.

Fishing’s new face - Volker Kuntzsch, Sanford (PDF 1MB)

Find out more, watch Volker's presentation.

40 year learnings from Leigh

Dr Nicholas Shears from the University of Auckland looks back on 40 years research at Leigh Marine Laboratory and reflects on the most surprising findings and cautionary tales.

40 year learnings from Leigh - Dr Nicholas Shears (PDF 2.5MB)

Find out more, watch Nicholas' presentation.

Farming home truths

With milk prices and water quality heading downward veterinarian and agro-ecology consultant Alison Dewes believes it’s time to work on home truths.

Farming home truths - Alison Dewes (PDF 1.4MB)

Find out more, watch Alison's presentation.

Youth voice

Pakuranga College head boy Michael Jessup is a film and change maker.

Find out more, watch Michael’s presentation.

Session 4: Doing Talk

Underwater vision

Richie Robinson gave up shooting news to spend time under the waves and document the beauty of our marine world.

Find out more, watch Richard's presentation.

Changing the world

Rob Fenwick is associated with many of biggest conservation causes in New Zealand. He is given free rein to imagine what’s possible in the Hauraki Gulf.

Changing the world - Rob’s Fenwick (PDF 430KB)

Find out more, watch Rob's presentation.

2015 Holdaway Award

This year’s outstanding leadership contribution revealed.

2015 Holdaway Award Winners:

  • Catchment Award:  Richelle Kahui-McConnell.
  • Islands Award:  Rod, Sue and Zoe Neureuter
  • Marine Award: Dr Nicholas Shears

Press release (PDF 87KB)\

Find out more, watch 2015 Holiday Award video.

2015 Holdaway Award winners photo.

Left to right: Rod and Sue Neureuter, Ann Holdaway, Richelle Kahui-McConnell, Dr Nick Shears.

2014 - On the horizon: State of our Gulf 2014 and beyond


Hauraki Gulf Forum Chair John Tregidga reflects on four previous seminars and the horizon for the day.

Introduction - John Tregidga (PDF 113KB)

Video of the 2014 Seminar (vimeo.com)

Selected presentation of the 2014 Seminar (vimeo.com)


Session 1: Thinking about the future

The partnership journey

Terrence (Mook) Hohneck is Chief Executive of the Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust and was lead negotiator for the settlement of the iwi’s treaty claim, completed in 2012. Mook works closely with the Department of Conservation in the management of some of our most important nature reserves.

Find out more on the Ngāti Manuhiri website.

The Gulf in 2040

Rod Oram is a journalist writing on corporate, economic and political issues. He is a columnist for The Sunday Star-Times, a regular broadcaster on radio and television and an adjunct professor in the business school at Unitec. He considers what the Gulf may look like  in 2040.

The Gulf in 2040 - Rod Oram (PDF 9.1MB)

Turning the City Seaward

Nat Cheshire was described as the Man who reinvented Auckland by Metro magazine and his design philosophy is featured in the September 2014 issue. He is a director of Cheshire Architects, with his father Pip. He has been described as an architectural evangelist; one who sees the city turning inevitably seaward. Pip and Nat's design work is shown in the attachment.

Turning the City Seaward - Nat Cheshire (PDF 11.5MB)


Session 2: Checking reality

Trends in Rivers

Dr Mike Joy is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology / Zoology at the Institute of Agriculture & Environment at Massey University in Palmerston North. He received the 2014 Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement, which is  awarded every three years, and recently completed a lecture tour of 10 cities and towns on the “Demise of NZ’s Freshwaters: Science and Politics.”

Trends in Rivers - Dr Mike Joy (PDF 3.9MB)

Trawling and the seabed

Dr Sean Handley is a marine ecologist at NIWA in Nelson whose research interests span aquaculture, environmental impact assessments, biodiversity monitoring and research. He has a 'whodunnit' tale about ecological effects near the tip of the South Island.

Trawling and the seabed - Dr Sean Handley (PDF 3.6MB)

State of our Gulf 2014

Dr Shane Kelly earned his doctorate in crayfish biology and has been involved in a wide range of research, monitoring and strategic coastal and land use projects, with the former Auckland Regional Council and now his environmental consulting company Coast and Catchment Ltd. Shane has been the lead author for the state of the environment reports published by the Hauraki Gulf Forum in 2011 and 2014.

State of our Gulf 2014 - Dr Shane Kelly (PDF 2.8MB)

Read the State of the Hauraki Gulf report.


Session 3: Plotting the journey

Every fish is fantastic

Al Brown’s cookbooks, television programmes and restaurants invite us to celebrate the natural bounty that New Zealand provides. Within his best selling Go Fish cookbook is a heartfelt call to value the catch and sustain the resource.

Hearts and Minds

Steve Hathaway is a hunter gatherer who has turned his attention away from providing for the table to making educational television with his 13 year old daughter Riley.

Hearts and Minds - Steve Hathaway (PDF 1.5MB)

Watch Steve and Riley on Seven Sharp (YouTube.com).

Pulling things together

Nick Main is a chartered accountant, a former chief executive and chairman of Deloitte NZ, a past chairman of the NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development and recently completed three years as the head of Deloitte's Global Sustainability practice. He has the easy job. As the independent chair of the Sea Change - Tai Timu Tai Pari marine spatial plan process he is tasked with pulling everyone’s interests together to create a healthy, productive Gulf.

Pulling things together - Nick Main(PDF 2.1MB)

Find out more on the Sea Change website.


Session 4: leadership

Okahu Catchment Ecological Restoration Programme

Richelle Kahui-McConnell is an Environmental and Social Capital Broker, helping Ngati Whatua Orakei with its Okahu Catchment Ecological Restoration Programme.

Okahu Catchment Ecological Restoration Programme - Richelle Kahui-McConnell (PDF 2.5MB)

Long lines and seabirds

Adam Clow is a third generation long line skipper. He fishes out of Whitianga with his boat Southern Cross and has developed a keen interest in seabird conservation.

Long lines and seabirds - Adam Clow (PDF 5.3MB)

MAD marine youth leaders

Michael Jessep, 17, is at Pakuranga College and keen film maker. After attending MAD Marine is 2013 he created an award winning video to educate about marine litter.

Michael Jessup (PDF 1.0MB)

Nadine Tupp, 16, is at Rodney College and will complete her third MAD Marine programme this year as a 'leader of leaders'. Her involvement inspired a blog that has so far had over 50,000 views around the world.

Nadine Tupp (PDF 1.4MB)

Connor Wallace, 16 is at Albany Senior High School and attended MAD Marine this year. He regularly assists the Motutapu Restoration Trust and created a website for youth volunteers on the island.

Connor Wallace (PDF 362KB)

Revive our Gulf mussel reef restoration project

Nick Prebble is an environmental scientist and sea kayak guide with a passion for conservation and the outdoors. He is one of the team behind the Revive our Gulf project, to restore historic mussel beds, which was started at this seminar two years ago.

Revive our Gulf mussel reef restoration project - Nick Prebble (PDF 2MB)


2014 Holdaway Award

The Hauraki Gulf Forum initiated the Holdaway Award to recognise leadership in and around the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Winner: Adam Clow.

Read the Auckland Council press release.

2013 - Making a Difference


Hauraki Gulf Forum Chair John Tregidga outlines why the Hauraki Gulf requires a new approach and a community of committed players.

Introduction - John Tregidga (PDF 178KB)


Session 1: Past and Future

A long view

Alison MacDiarmid and Matt Pinkerton from NIWA have been reconstructing the ecological history of the Gulf from pre-Maori days to present and considering its implications for marine conservation and management.

A long view - Alison MacDiarmid and Matt Pinkerton (PDF 2.5MB)

Towards a new indigenous vision

Auckland University professor Charles Royal looks at Maori connections with Tikapa Moana and what a "new indigeneity" might look like in the Gulf. Read Towards a new indigenous vision papers on Charles Royal's website.

From the catchment down

Safeguarding the health of the Gulf requires action in the catchments. New Zealander of the year Dame Anne Salmond is inspired by young people and outlines the Te Awaroa vision to restore 1000 rivers by 2050.

From the catchment down (PDF 101KB)


Session 2: Here and Now

An island vision (PDF 1.6MB)

Barrie Brown chairs the Rotoroa Island Trust. With generous philanthropic backing the Salvation Army-owned island is being restored into a new tourist, conservation, arts and education destination.

Getting a handle on how we fish (PDF 2.1MB)

NIWA's Bruce Hartill has been looking at where and how we are fishing so we are better able to look after the Gulf’s precious marine resources.

Working with fishers (PDF 2.2MB)

Black petrels along with other many other seabirds once riddled mainland ridges with their burrows. Southern Seabird Solutions’ Cam Speedy is working alongside fishers to help them appreciate the Gulf’s unique residents and adapt fishing practices to aid their conservation.


Session 3: What and Where

Marine spatial planning (PDF 3.3MB)

Marine spatial planning is a tool being used around the world to resolve conflicts between users, identify areas for protection and safeguard environmental health. Charles Ehler, author of the UNESCO guide to marine spatial planning, explains how it works. Read Charles' talk at Auckland Conversations.

Managing marine areas: a bottom up approach (PDF 3.7MB)

Laurel Teirney has worked with stakeholders, iwi and the agencies to develop an integrated package of management measures for the Fiordland and Kaikoura marine areas. She will describe the process and focus on why a bottom up approach has worked so well.

Mapping our places (PDF 2.7MB)

The Department of Conservation, assisted by the Tindall Foundation, has invested in a decision support tool called Sea Sketch developed and used successfully in California. Greig Funnell explains.


Session 4: Hope and Inspiration

Holdaway Awards

The Hauraki Gulf Forum has initiated the Holdaway Awards, to recognise leadership in the catchments, islands and waters of the Gulf, consistent with the vision and qualities of marine park founder Jim Holdaway.

The winners are:

  • Dr Rochelle Constantine, University of Auckland
  • Keith Woodley, Miranda Shorebird Centre
  • Chris Gaskin, Seabird researcher.

Read the press release on the Holdaway Awards (PDF 74KB) and the New Zealand Herald stories below:

2012 - Charting the Enhancement Pathway


Mayor John Tregidga
Chair - Hauraki Gulf Forum
The REMAK Challenge (PDF 239KB)

Knowledge utilisation
Sir Peter Gluckman
Prime Minister’s Science Advisor
The importance of environmental quality in taking the NZ economy forward

Regenerating areas
Dr Rochelle Constantine
University of Auckland
Regenerating areas - Why the Gulf’s Bryde’s whales need sanctuary (PDF 5.6MB)

Regenerating areas
Chris Gaskin
Still too much at stake: How the Gulf’s seabirds are faring (PDF 3.1MB)

Regenerating areas
Dr Darren Parsons
Missing pieces: Could lost mussel beds rejuvenate the Gulf system (PDF 2.5MB)

Mana Whenua integration
Paul Majurey
Chairman of Tamaki and Hauraki Collectives
Waiting 150 years: How Treaty settlements will create new expectations and opportunities

Active land management
Dr Jan Wright
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
How sediments, nutrients and pathogens are changing our waterways 

Active land management
Prof David Hamilton
University of Waikato
Enough is enough: Why setting limits is essential (PDF 2.16MB)

Enhancing fisheries
Dr Martin Cryer
Science Manager Aquatic Environments, Fisheries Management Directorate, Ministry of Primary Industries
Are current fishery stock levels good for us? (PDF 899KB)

Enhancing fisheries
John Holdsworth
Legasea Research and Advocacy Advisor
A recreational view of the Gulf's fishery 20 mins (PDF 4.9MB)

Enhancing fisheries
Prof Marti Anderson and Adam Smith
Massey University
A statisticians' take on marine reserves 20 mins
Let it be, glorious things will happen (PDF 1.4MB)
Prof Marti Anderson's Marine Reserves presentation (PDF 49KB)

Closing remarks
Tim Higham
Hauraki Gulf Forum Manager
Tim’s reflections are contained within the New Zealand Herald report on the seminar

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