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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.
State of our Gulf assessment
The Hauraki Gulf Forum produces a triennial assessment (every three years) of the state of the Hauraki Gulf and the responsiveness of agencies to strategic issues.
State of our Gulf 2023
Visit the State of Gulf website for details.
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.
The forum reports on:
- how it exercises its powers
- how it carries out its functions
- the progress towards achieving its goals.
Visit the Hauraki Gulf Forum website for details.
Members of the Hauraki Gulf Forum
Hauraki Gulf Forum members are:
- representatives of the Ministers of Conservation, Fisheries and Māori Development
- 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.
|Minister of Conservation
||Mr Andrew Baucke
|Minister of Fisheries
||Mr Jacob Hore
|Te Puni Kōkiri
||Mr Martin Mariassouce
||Cr Andrew Baker
||Cr Christine Fletcher
||Cr Mike Lee
||Cr Kerrin Leoni
||Cr Wayne Walker
|Waiheke Local Board (Auckland Council)
||Ms Bianca Ranson
|Aotea/Great Barrier Local Board (Auckland Council)
||Mr Chris Ollivier
|Hauraki District Council
||Mayor Toby Adams
|Matamata-Piako District Council
||Cr James Sainsbury
|Thames-Coromandel District Council
||Mayor Len Salt
|Waikato District Council
||Cr Paaniora Matatahi-Poutapu
|Waikato Regional Council
||Cr Warren Maher
||Mr Paul Majurey
||Ms Nicola MacDonald (Co-Chairperson - Tangata Whenua)
||Mr Joe Davis
||Mr Dean Ogilvie
|Tangata Whenua||Mr Terrence Hohneck|
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.
The Hauraki Gulf Forum is required to identify and prioritise strategic issues.
Its current focus is on three priority topics:
- Improving integrated management through collaborative planning, informed decision-making and action.
- Restoring water quality values by addressing land use activities that degrade those values.
- Recognising those critical marine values and ecosystems through advocating for protection, restoration and enhancement.
Within these priority topics, there are a range of strategic issues the Hauraki Gulf Forum will focus on.
Tīkapa Moana/ Hauraki Gulf Forum updates
Visit Valuing the Hauraki Gulf: An ecosystem services and natural capital approach on the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) website for details.
Sea Change - Tai Timu Tai Pari
View the Sea Change website for details.
The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act Guidance Series
The Hauraki Gulf Forum produces a series of guides on policy-making and management practices in relation to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act.
Seabirds of the Hauraki Gulf
The Gulf Journal
The main source of information on the Hauraki Gulf Forum is the
Gulf Journal website.
Media and educational partnerships
The HGF works with media and education partners to communicate the special qualities of the Hauraki Gulf, and opportunities to protect and enhance it.
Hauraki Gulf Marine Park seminar
Hauraki Gulf Marine Park poster series
Community Shellfish Monitoring Programme
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.
Southern Seabird Trust website.
Maps of Hauraki Gulf
|Pest plants and animals||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/pests-weeds||Pest plants and animals||Find information on identifying and controlling weeds, pest animals and plant diseases.||aspx||Biosecurity
|Our biodiversity projects||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/what-we-do-to-help-environment/our-biodiversity-projects||Our biodiversity projects||We have environmental programmes to increase biodiversity, control pests and restore our waterways. We enlist the help of local groups and schools.||aspx|
|Our biodiversity services||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/what-we-do-to-help-environment/Pages/our-biodiversity-services.aspx||Our biodiversity services||We are working to protect our environment, restore ecosystems and enhance biodiversity. We provide advice on how to take care of our natural resources.||aspx||Environment consultation|
|Our environmental plans and strategies||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/what-we-do-to-help-environment/Pages/our-environmental-plans-strategies.aspx||Our environmental plans and strategies||Find out about our environmental plans and strategies. ||aspx||Environment|
|Protecting New Zealand's biodiversity||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/what-we-do-to-help-environment/Pages/protecting-new-zealands-biodiversity.aspx||Protecting New Zealand's biodiversity||Find out about the Addressing New Zealand’s biodiversity challenge report, a collaboration between local authorities and central government to address the challenge of protecting New Zealand's biodiversity.||aspx||Biodiversity|
|Report a pest plant, pest animal or plant disease||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/pests-weeds/Pages/report-pest-plant-pest-animal-plant-disease.aspx||Report a pest plant, pest animal or plant disease||Report weeds, pest animals and diseases to Auckland Council. Report marine and exotic pests to MPI.||aspx||Biosecurity|