Sea Change - Tai Timu Tai Pari is a two-year project to develop a new marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf.
The plan will identify solutions to issues in the 1.2 million hectare Hauraki Gulf Marine Park area and what is needed to safeguard its future.
Sea Change recommendations will guide the development of policies and processes of various councils and agencies with a view to safeguarding the Hauraki Gulf's core cultural, environmental, social and economic values.
Sea Change is a partnership involving mana whenua and statutory agencies: Department of Conservation, Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, Hauraki Gulf Forum, and Ministry for Primary Industries. The wider public will also be involved throughout the development of the draft marine spatial plan through targeted engagement.
The Hauraki Gulf is an extremely precious taonga, highly valued by all people for a wide range of cultural, environmental, social and economic reasons. It is heavily used for recreation and generates more than $2.7 billion in economic activity each year. However, the gulf's health has been deteriorating in a variety of ways due to the impacts of its use and of land use in areas near the coast.
Ultimately, Sea Change - Tai Timu Tai Pari is about securing a healthy, productive and sustainable resource for all users.
A 14 member stakeholder working group has been selected with a varied mix of interest groups and mana whenua represented.
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