The Hauraki Gulf / Tikapu Moana (or Te Moananui-ā-Toi) is a national taonga (treasure).
The Hauraki Gulf:
- begins at Mangawhai (North of Auckland)
- ends at Waihi (Coromandel Peninsula)
- covers 1.2 million hectares of ocean
- generates more than $2.7 billion in economic activity every year (aquaculture, fishing, tourism, shipping and ferry transport)
- is home to seabirds, whales, dolphins, fisheries, and unique undersea habitats
- contains important nature sanctuaries and six marine reserves
- contains more than 50 islands, including Kawau, Aotea/Great Barrier, Waiheke and Ahuahu/Great Mercury.
The Sea Change - Tai Timu Tai Pari Plan
At a high level, the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari marine spatial planning initiative was overseen by representatives of:
- mana whenua (local Māori who have customary authority over the area)
- Auckland Council
- Waikato Regional Council
- Department of Conservation
- Ministry for Primary industries
- Hauraki Gulf Forum.
Stakeholder Working Group
The development of the Marine Spatial Plan for the Hauraki Gulf was undertaken by an independently formed Stakeholder Working Group.
These representatives and their interests are outlined on the Sea Change - Tai Timu Tai Pari website (select 'About Sea Change', then 'Who's on board').
The vision set out in the plan looks to see the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park vibrant with life, its mauri strong, productive, and supporting healthy and prosperous communities.
Visit the Sea Change - Tai Timu Tai Pari website.