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Hauraki Gulf Forum

What is the Hauraki Gulf Forum?

The Hauraki Gulf Forum (HGF) is a statutory body, which promotes and facilitates integrated management and the protection and enhancement of the Hauraki Gulf, under the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000.

We administer the Hauraki Gulf Forum.

The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000

The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 was established to promote integrated management and the protection and enhancement of the Hauraki Gulf.

Annual reports

The forum is required to present an annual report on the exercise of its powers, the carrying out of its functions, and progress towards achieving its purposes to the House of Representatives by 31 August every year.

​Members of the Hauraki Gulf Forum

Hauraki Gulf Forum members include:

  • representatives of the Ministers of Conservation, Fisheries and Māori Affairs
  • elected representatives of Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, Thames-Coromandel, Hauraki, Waikato and Matamata-Piako District Councils
  • representatives of the tangata whenua of the Hauraki Gulf and its islands appointed by the Minister of Conservation.
Member Representative
Minister of Conservation Mr Andrew Baucke
Minister of Fisheries Mr Steve Halley
Te Puni Kōkiri
Ms Marty Rogers
Auckland Council Cr John Watson
Auckland Council Cr Richard Hills
Auckland Council Cr Michael Lee
Auckland Council Cr Christine Fletcher
Auckland Council Cr Wayne Walker
Auckland Council Great Barrier Local Board Mr Jeff Cleave
Auckland Council Waiheke Local Board Mr John Meeuwsen
Hauraki District Council Mayor John Tregidga
Matamata-Piako District Council Cr Paul Cronin
Thames-Coromandel District Council Mayor Sandra Goudie
Waikato District Council Cr Rob McGuire
Waikato Regional Council Cr Dal Minogue
Tangata Whenua Ms Moana Tamaariki-Pohe
(Deputy Chairperson)
Tangata Whenua Mr Terrence Hohneck
Tangata Whenua Ms Nicola MacDonald
Tangata Whenua Mr Paul Majurey
Tangata Whenua Ms Liane Ngamane
Tangata Whenua Mr Dean Ogilvie

Forum meetings and agendas

The Hauraki Gulf Forum meets quarterly to examine issues related to the integrated management of the Hauraki Gulf.

Meetings are open to the public.

For recent HGF meetings and agendas, visit our agendas and minutes page.

State of our Gulf

The Hauraki Gulf Forum produces a triennial assessment of the state of the Hauraki Gulf and the responsiveness of agencies to strategic issues.

State of our Gulf 2017

​View media release: Gulf at Crossroads.

Strategic issues

The Hauraki Gulf Forum is required to identify and prioritise strategic issues.

Its current focus is on five priority response areas:

  • regenerating areas
  • enhanced fisheries
  • mana whenua relationships
  • active land management
  • knowledge utilisation.

Marine spatial planning

The Hauraki Gulf Forum has promoted the use of marine spatial planning as a tool to address priority issues.

View a public presentation by Charles Ehler, co-author of the UNESCO Guide to Marine Spatial Planning on 11 September 2013 on the Auckland Conversations website.

View an international review

​Sea Change project

In September 2013, the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari project was launched to prepare a marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf:

Visit the Sea Change website for details.

Knowledge products

The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act Guidance Series

The Hauraki Gulf Forum has produced a series of guides on how the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park can be given effect to in policy making and management practice.

​Economic stocktake

​Seabirds of the Hauraki Gulf

​The Gulf Journal

The Hauraki Gulf Forum publishes a quarterly journal and e-newsletter to support inspired management and action around the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park/ Tikapa Moana/ Te Moananui a Toi

View the Gulf Journal website.

Media and educational partnerships

The forum works with media and education partners to communicate the special qualities of the Hauraki Gulf, and opportunities to protect and enhance it.

Supporting collaborative responses

Bryde's whale ship strike

The Hauraki Gulf Forum acts as secretariat for the Bryde's Whale Ship Strike Collaborative Group.

The group supports and monitors the shipping industry's response to a transit protocol designed to reduce the risk of collisions with whales.

For more information about the transit protocol, see the Ports of Auckland website.

Seabird smart fishing

The Hauraki Gulf Forum supports the work of the Black Petrel Working Group and the Southern Seabird Solutions Trust.

Visit the Southern Seabird Trust website.

Maps of Hauraki Gulf

Contact Hauraki Gulf Forum

Auckland Council

Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142