I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Hauraki Gulf Forum will be held on:




Meeting Room:



Monday, 20 June 2016


Reception Lounge
Auckland Town Hall
301-305 Queen Street


Hauraki Gulf Forum









Mayor John Tregidga

Hauraki District Council


Deputy Chairperson

Ms Liane Ngamane

Tangata Whenua


Deputy Mayor Peter French

Thames-Coromandel District Council

Cr Wayne Walker

Auckland Council

Cr Rob McGuire

Waikato District Council

Mr Andrew Baucke

Department of Conservation

Cr James Thomas


District Council

Ms Moana Tamaariki-Pohe

Tangata Whenua

Cr Peter Buckley

Waikato Regional Council

Mr Terrence Hohneck

Tangata Whenua

Mr Jeff Cleave

Great Barrier Local Board

(Auckland Council)

Mr Steve Halley

Ministry for Primary Industries

Mr John Meeuwsen

Waiheke Local Board

(Auckland Council)

Mr Paul Majurey

Tangata Whenua

Cr Christine Fletcher

Auckland Council

Ms Nicola MacDonald

Tangata Whenua

Cr Michael Lee

Auckland Council

Mr Leo Koziol

Te Puni Kōkiri

Cr Bill Cashmore

Auckland Council

Ms Lucy Steel

Tangata Whenua

Cr Chris Darby

Auckland Council




Auckland Council is the administering authority for the Hauraki Gulf Forum.


(Quorum 11 members)




Bree Kurtovich

Democracy Advisor


14 June 2016


Contact Telephone: 021 710 159

Email: bree.kurtovich@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz







The purpose of the Forum is established in Section 15 of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 to:


·         Integrate the management and, where appropriate, to promote the conservation and management in a sustainable manner, of the natural, historic and physical resources of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments, for the benefit and enjoyment of the people and communities of the Gulf and New Zealand;

·         Facilitate communication, cooperation, and coordination on matters relating to the statutory functions of the constituent parties in relation of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands and catchments and the Forum; and

·         Recognise the historic, traditional, cultural and spiritual relationship of tangata whenua with the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and where appropriate, its catchments.


Relevant legislation includes but is not limited to:


Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000





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20 June 2016



ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                        PAGE

            Whakatau – Karakia / mihi

1          Apologies                                                                                                                        7

2          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   7

3          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                               7

4          Local Board Input                                                                                                          7

4.1     Public forum: Tamaki Estuary Protection Society Incorporated regarding Tamaki Estuary                                                                                                                  7

4.2     Public forum: New Zealand Sports Fishing Council regarding the report: “Recreational Fishing in New Zealand – A Billion Dollar Industry”              8

5          Extraordinary Business                                                                                                9

6          Notices of Motion                                                                                                          9

7          Governance review                                                                                                      11

8          Hauraki Gulf Forum 2016/2017 work plan and budget                                            33

9          Constituent party report                                                                                             37

10        Hauraki Gulf Forum Executive Officer's report                                                       49  

11        Consideration of Extraordinary Items




Whakatau – Karakia / mihi



1          Apologies



Apologies from Member JP Meeuwsen and Mr Andrew Baucke have been received.



2          Declaration of Interest


Members are reminded of the need to be vigilant to stand aside from decision making when a conflict arises between their role as a member and any private or other external interest they might have.


At the close of the agenda no requests for declarations of interest had been received.



3          Confirmation of Minutes


That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Monday, 14 March 2016, as a true and correct record.



4          Public Forum


4.1       Public forum: Tamaki Estuary Protection Society Incorporated regarding Tamaki Estuary


1.       To receive input from Tamaki Estuary Protection Society Incorporated regarding the Tamaki Estuary.

Executive Summary

2.       Terri Marchant from the Tamaki Estuary Protection Society Incorporated will present to the Hauraki Gulf Forum regarding the Tamaki Estuary.

3.       A submission from the Tamaki Estuary Protection Society Incorporated regarding the Tamaki Estuary is attached.



That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      receive the presentation regarding the Tamaki Estuary and thank Terri Marchant for her attendance.



a          Tamaki Estuary Protection Society Incorporated Submission.............. 83






4.2       Public forum: New Zealand Sports Fishing Council regarding the report: “Recreational Fishing in New Zealand – A Billion Dollar Industry”


1.       To receive input from the New Zealand Sports Fishing Council regarding the recent New Zealand Marine Research Foundation report, “Recreational Fishing in New Zealand – A Billion Dollar Industry”.

Executive summary

2.       Scott Macindoe, LegaSea support crew member of the New Zealand Sports Fishing Council will present to the Hauraki Gulf Forum regarding the recent New Zealand Marine Research Foundation report: “Recreational Fishing in New Zealand – A Billion Dollar Industry”. 



That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      receive the presentation regarding the recent New Zealand Marine Research Foundation report: “Recreational Fishing in New Zealand – A Billion Dollar Industry” and thank Scott Macindoe for his attendance.



a          New Zealand Marine Research Foundation report: “Recreational Fishing in New Zealand – A Billion Dollar Industry”............................................ 85




5          Extraordinary Business


Section 46A(7) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:


“An item that is not on the agenda for a meeting may be dealt with at that meeting if-


(a)        The local  authority by resolution so decides; and


(b)        The presiding member explains at the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public,-


(i)         The reason why the item is not on the agenda; and


(ii)        The reason why the discussion of the item cannot be delayed until a subsequent meeting.”


Section 46A(7A) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:


“Where an item is not on the agenda for a meeting,-


(a)        That item may be discussed at that meeting if-


(i)         That item is a minor matter relating to the general business of the local authority; and


(ii)        the presiding member explains at the beginning of the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public, that the item will be discussed at the meeting; but


(b)        no resolution, decision or recommendation may be made in respect of that item except to refer that item to a subsequent meeting of the local authority for further discussion.”



6          Notices of Motion


At the close of the agenda no requests for notices of motion had been received.


Hauraki Gulf Forum

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Governance review


File No.: CP2016/12067



1.       To consider a report on future governance options for the Hauraki Gulf Forum.

Executive summary

2.       A small working group was established to consider future governance options for the Forum, following an external review completed last year.

3.       The ‘Hauraki Gulf Forum - Governance review and recommendations’ report is intended to provide navigational advice and recommendations to the Forum in terms of how to approach governance moving forward, and in particular, what changes could be made to provide for more effective governance and better outcomes for the Hauraki Gulf.



That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      receive the ‘Hauraki Gulf Forum - Governance review and recommendations’ report.

b)      support the recommendations from the ‘Hauraki Gulf Forum - Governance review and recommendations’ report:

i.      that particular attention is paid to Treaty settlement processes and the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari process alongside this governance review process;

ii.     that the governance model for the Forum is changed to a co-governance approach, comprising equal numbers of mana whenua and other members;

iii.    that mana whenua appoint their members directly through a process designed and approved by mana whenua;

iv.    that the size of the Forum is reduced to 16 members;

v.    that the Forum membership is made up as follows:

·    8 members appointed by mana whenua;

·    5 members appointed by the Minister of Conservation (for example political, business or NGO leaders rather than Crown representatives); and

·    3 members appointed by local authorities (1 from each of the Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council and the territorial authorities collectively) – these may or may not be elected members;

vi.    that the term of appointments be 3 years with the ability to reappoint up to a maximum number of terms to be agreed, with a staggering of terms to ensure that there is some continuity of knowledge across terms;

vii.   that in addition to the other changes recommended in this report, the Forum undertakes a process to promote a clear understanding of and focus on the governance task of the Forum, including the relevant purpose, objective and function  provisions of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000;

viii.  that any reform of the governance arrangements for the Forum should include provision for the Forum to have more statutory authority and a stronger and more direct role in terms of statutory decision-making over the Hauraki Gulf.

ix.    that, as an interim step, the Forum creates a smaller ‘core group’ of 12 members to drive more focused and strategic governance for the Forum, and at the same time advance a case for legislative amendment to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000; and

x.    that the chief executives of the local authorities and relevant ministries/departments work together to implement these recommendations immediately following the 2016 triennial local authority elections. 

c)      enable the recommendations to be advanced due to further detailed design work to be undertaken.



4.       In June 2015 an external review completed by Nigel Bradley involving interviews with Forum members and associates, recommended strengthening of governance capacity to enable the Forum to more effectively promote the management objectives of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act.

5.       The Forum resolved (HGF/2015/14) that "a small group of experts external to the Forum be tasked with examining this issue [governance models] in depth and report back to the September 2015 Forum meeting with clear options for future governance."

6.       A working group composed of Paul Beverley (lawyer and now Independent Chair of the Tai Timu Tai Pari Sea Change Stakeholder Working Group), Vaughan Payne (Chief Executive, Waikato Regional Council) and Mark Maloney (Auditor, Auckland Council) was established to prepare advice.

7.       This group was instructed to seek input from deputy chair Liane Ngamane and Mook Hohneck to understand tangata whenua perspectives.

8.       The working group presents its analysis and recommendations in the attached future governance report.







Hauraki Gulf Forum - Governance review and recommendations





Tim  Higham - Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum


Jacques  Victor - GM Auckland Plan Strategy and Research


Hauraki Gulf Forum

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Hauraki Gulf Forum

20 June 2016



Hauraki Gulf Forum 2016/2017 work plan and budget


File No.: CP2016/12071



1.       To approve the proposed 2016/2017 work plan and budget.

Executive summary

2.       This work plan and budget anticipates the same funding as the current year and caters for statutory and advocacy responsibilities, transitional needs arising from the review, and preparation for another state of the environment report due in late 2017.



That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      approve the proposed 2016/2017 work plan and budget of $265,000.



3.       A work plan and budget for the year 2016/2017 year is proposed.

4.       The work plan and budget utilises the shared funding formula (see attachment A) developed as part of the Forum’s governance statement and the same funding total as the current year.

5.       The budget enables the Forum to deliver on its statutory requirements in preparing an Annual Report for presentation to the House of Representatives, and a portfolio of communications products that enable it to discharge duties to promote the management objectives of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act.

6.       It is assumed that the period 2016/2017 will be a transitional year, in which recommendations emerging from the Forum review will require further consideration and implementation.

7.       The local government election will also require a refreshed approached to orientation and planning for the new term of the Forum.

8.       After thirty-five issues, the Forum’s quarterly newsletter “Weaving the Strands” will be phased out in September, and incorporated into the Gulf Journal website and e-news functionality.  The purpose of this is to strengthen its messaging and audience reach.

9.       A seventh Hauraki Gulf Marine Park seminar will be hosted in September, incorporating the Holdaway Award presentation.

10.     Continuation of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park poster series will be assessed according to sponsorship interest, audience reach and alternative educational opportunities.

11.     Support for whale strike and seabird mortality collaborative processes will continue as these are producing positive progress.

12.     Planning and commissioning work will be initiated for the Forum’s fifth triennial state of the environment report, due in late 2017.  Facility for funding this major product has been built into the budget through carry over contributions from two previous years.

13.     The period 2016/2017 will be the year when the Forum considers a new phase of activity born out of its investments in reporting, issue analysis and consideration of future governance needs.


Work plan

State of the Gulf report (publishing, communications and follow up, including facility for carry over)


Communications (Annual report, newsletter, web site, seminar, award  and education)


Transitional initiatives arising from review


Facilitation of responses to issues (including whale strike and  seabird capture)


Training and support




Executive support





Local board views and implications

14.     A local board officer serves on the Technical Officers Group.

Māori impact statement

15.     The work plan and budget is informed by the tangata whenua technical officers.


16.     The work plan and budget has been discussed with the technical officers group.







Shared funding formula





Tim  Higham - Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum


Jacques  Victor - GM Auckland Plan Strategy and Research


Hauraki Gulf Forum

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Hauraki Gulf Forum

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Constituent party report


File No.: CP2016/12143



1.       To describe recent activities undertaken by Hauraki Gulf Forum constituent parties which address integrated management and prioritised strategic issues of the Forum. 

Executive summary

2.       This report is a regular means of meeting the Forum’s purpose of facilitating communication, cooperation and coordination among its members.

3.       The strategic issues framework adopted by the Forum for focus and action identified the following management response areas:

·    regenerating green and blue areas

·    enhanced fisheries

·    mana whenua integration

·    active land management to address nutrient, sediment and contaminant pollution

·    knowledge generation within an integrated eco-system management approach.


4.       The left-hand column of the following table can be used to link initiatives to this response framework.

5.       The sub-headings describe broad functional areas that can be used to categorise activity.



That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      receive the constituent party report.




Waikato Regional Council


Hauraki Gulf Forum Strategic Issue

Policy and Plan Development, Regulation and Compliance


Regenerating green and blue areas


Enhanced fisheries

Mana whenua integration


Active land management


Knowledge generation within an eco-system based framework

The Coromandel Marine Farming Zone


Interest in starting a fish farming venture in the Hauraki Gulf has prompted Waikato Regional Council to begin the process of releasing the Coromandel Marine Farming Zone. The 300 hectare zone was created in 2011 specifically for the purpose of fish farming, but demand waned due to the global financial crisis.


Twenty percent of the zone will be allocated to the Takutai Trustee (managed by Te Ohu Kaimoana) under the terms of the Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act. The release of the remaining 80% of the zone will occur through a weighted-attribute tender process that is designed to select the best applicant or applicants for the zone.


The criteria for selection focus on the socio-economic benefits to the local community as well as to New Zealand, and the environmental practices of the applicant.  The successful bidder or bidders must still obtain a resource consent before commencing fish farming within the zone.

Regionally Significant Surf Breaks


As part of information gathering for the review of the Waikato Regional Coastal Plan, 38 regionally significant surf breaks have been identified and mapped. These complement the 3 nationally significant surf breaks identified by the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement.


The study was completed by eCoast and includes a discussion of the potential risks to surf breaks and modelling of the swell corridors that produce surfable waves at the breaks. The final report will be published shortly and will be available on the WRC website – www.waikatoregion.govt.nz.


Biodiversity Management Pilot Project in the Gulf catchment


Local Indigenous Biodiversity Strategies (LIBS - Method 11.1.11 of the Waikato Regional Policy Statement) are the key tool for instituting a new way of managing biodiversity across the Waikato Region.


This new approach is being tested through a pilot project based in the upper Waihou catchment – Source to the Sea: Te Puna o Waihou ki Tikapa te Moana, and then rolled out across the region over the following 3 years. The upper Waihou pilot area is at the source (puna) of the Waihou and home to some pristine spring fed streams and the iconic Blue Spring which provides more than 60% of NZ’s bottled water (see map below for location).



The key purpose of the pilot project is “to test and share results of/learning from landowner and marae-based engagement, and ecological network modelling in order to demonstrate the benefits of taking a strategic and co-operative approach to biodiversity management in a timely manner that transitions effectively into the LIBS programme”.  The resulting strategy will also inform an integrated catchment management approach which also consider flood protection, river management, riparian management, soil conservation, cultural and recreational values.




The delineation of ecological networks (range of habitat types and associated species and the connection between those habitats) that is necessary for biodiversity to thrive is a key part of this project. This modelling work has now been completed by contractor John Leathwick. This work provides an important strategic decision-support tool when looking to achieve ecological restoration goals at a landscape scale.


Landowner engagement at the grass roots level is also an important part of the pilot project. Seven eco-champions have been interviewed and filmed for the pilot. The interviews have been framed to capture the benefits of and barriers to undertaking on-farm biodiversity enhancement work, as well as seeking feedback on landowner aspirations for ecological enhancement and how they share this information with their peers.


Marae-based engagement has occurred with Hinerangi-Tawhaki Marae and linked to the marae cluster along Douglas Road within the Ngati Hinerangi Rohe. Engagement has sought to identify needs and aspirations of mana whenua in relation to biodiversity restoration, kaitiakitanga and Matauranga Maori.


Information from the marae-based engagement process and the community-based information was brought together to inform a stakeholder workshop held in April. This workshop had several purposes:


1.    Gather and spatially identify where in the pilot area stakeholders are undertaking ecological or environmental based projects or programmes and who is involved.

2.    Share the community information on benefits and barriers to ecological enhancement work with stakeholders as a means to explore how they can assist landowners and mana whenua to affect change on the ground in a more effective and efficient way.


Work is also ongoing around developing an appropriate monitoring framework to measure progress using an ecosystem services framework to capture the multi benefits from ecological restoration, as well as some on-farm modelling work (by AgResearch) to validate the economic implications of taking land out of production for conservation purposes. Anecdotal evidence suggests that farm profitability can improve under such an approach as it is usually the less productive or marginal land that is set aside for biodiversity purposes.


The project team is currently moving into information collation and report writing phase.



Marine biosecurity


WRC are continuing the joint response to fanworm in the Coromandel Harbour.  With winter approaching, there is little time left to get divers out in the water to further survey areas to get a better idea of the extent of fanworm in and around the harbour. In the interim, the fanworm density and extent is the worst it has been since the initial incursion.


WRC have also joined a collaboration of other regional councils and MPI to further develop the marine biosecurity sector. The formation of the Top of the North has seen Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty regional councils, Gisborne district council and MPI working together to develop tools and understanding for marine biosecurity.






Waikato District Council has developed an iwi reference group comprising of iwi and hapu representatives from across the district. This partner group is actively involved in the review of the plan through monthly workshops on plan topics which, to date, has provided for input in the development and review of discussion documents and technical reporting.


Waikato District Council



Regenerating green and blue areas


Enhanced fisheries


Mana whenua integration


Active land management


Knowledge generation within an eco-system based framework

Policy and Plan Development, Regulation and Compliance


Waikato District Council has commenced a review of their District Plan.  The purpose of this review is to integrate the ex-Franklin and Waikato Sections of the District Plan.

Waikato District Council are now in phase 4, the final phase of stage 1 of the District Plan Review process reflected below:


Project stage 1

Phase 1

Project inception

Sep – Dec 2014

Phase 2

Operative Plan audit

Nov 2014 – Mar 2015

Phase 3

On the road in the Waikato - Roadshow

Mar – Jul 2015

Phase 4

Draft District Plan Development

Jul 2015 – May 2017


Project stage 2 of the projects includes the following:

Phase 5

Notification, submissions and hearings


Phase 6



Phase 7

Operative District Plan



Waikato District Council is aiming to notify a Proposed District Plan in July 2017 with the intention of having an operative District Plan by 2020.




Department of Conservation



Regenerating green and blue areas


Mana whenua integration

Hauturu/Little Barrier Conservation Management Plan


Ngāti Manuhiri have been working with the Auckland Conservation Board and other parties to prepare a draft Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for Hauturu/Little Barrier Island.  Development of a CMP was a key component of Treaty redress in the Ngāti Manuhiri Treaty settlement.  Current plans are for notification of the draft plan in 2016.


Inner Tīkapa Moana/Hauraki Gulf motu Conservation Management Plan


Development of a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for four inner Gulf Islands (Rangitoto, Motutapu, Motuihe/Te Motu-a-Ihenga, Motukorea/Browns) was a key component of the Tāmaki Collective Treaty settlement.  Planning for work on this CMP is still at a very early stage with the Tūpuna Taonga Trust (a post Treaty settlement entity of the Tāmaki Collective).


Departmental reorganisation

The Department is completing a reorganisation to improve how it delivers its work in the Hauraki Gulf area.  Final decisions on the boundaries and staffing of an Auckland based Operations Region are due to be made shortly.  The Operations Group is responsible for delivering conservation work on the ground including growth with partners.  A smaller national Partnerships Group is responsible for investigating and facilitating step change conservation growth opportunities.


Aotea Conservation Park Advisory Committee appointed

In December 2015, the Minister of Conservation made ten appointments to the Aotea Conservation Park Advisory Committee, five of whom represent tangata whenua. The purpose of the Committee is to represent iwi and local community interests and provide advice to the Director-General about the management of the Conservation Park on Great Barrier Island. The inaugural meeting of the Committee is currently being planned.  More information is available on the following website:  http://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/have-your-say/all-consultations/2015/aotea-conservation-park-advisory-committee/


Aotea Track re-opened

The three to four day Aotea Track on Great Barrier Island was re-opened in its entirety by Minister Nikki Kaye on 20 May.  The track was extensively damaged by a storm in June 2014.  After extensive repairs, and temporary re-routing of the track in places, the final stage of the track restoration is now complete.  Five bridges and 13 sections of the track had to be repaired at a cost of $353,000.  More information is available on the following website:  https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/great-barrier-island%27s-aotea-track-reopens


Glenfern Sanctuary purchased

The purchase of the 83-hectare Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier was announced on 3 June 2016.  The Sanctuary was created in 1992 by Tony Bouzaid, and along with two adjoining properties, is enclosed by a 2 km pest proof fence.  Auckland Council will own the new park, with governance details still to be finalised. 

More information is available on the following website:



Great Mercury Island/Ahuahu declared pest free

Great Mercury/Ahuahu was declared pest free in May.  This followed a rat eradication operation in winter 2014, which has removed kiore, ship rats and feral cats.  This means that all islands in the Mercury group are now pest free, making the significant biodiversity on the smaller islands much safer from pest invasion from the nearby Great Mercury/Ahuahu.  The operation was partly funded by the island’s part owner Sir Michael Fay.  More information is available on the following website:


Argentine ants eradicated from Tiritiri Matangi

After 16 years of work by DOC staff and volunteers, the highly invasive Argentine ant has been eradicated from Tiritiri Matangi Island. The insects are extremely difficult to eradicate, and the successful operation follows development of innovative bait and detection methods.  More information is available on the following website:  https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/invasive-ants-eradicated-tiritiri-matangi



Auckland Council


Regenerating green and blue areas


Mana whenua integration


Active land management


Knowledge generation within an eco-system based framework

Te Muri Regional Park Management Plan Variation


The draft variation to the Regional Parks Management Plan 2010 to incorporate the new 407-hectare Te Muri Regional Park was publicly notified early in 2016 where 382 submissions have been received. The submissions are in favour of retaining the remote feeling and natural settings of Te Muri and keeping the park free from vehicular traffic.  Staff are currently analysing the submissions and preparing staff recommendations in anticipation of holding hearing before independent commissioners in July 2016.

Glenfern Sanctuary Purchase

On 3 June 2016, the purchase of Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island was announced. Funding partners include Auckland Council, Great Barrier Local Board, the Government's Nature Heritage Fund and Foundation North. The predator-proof fenced Kotuku Peninsula coastal property is 83 hectares and is recognised as having significant ecological assets, including sensitive areas dominated by coastal broadleaf and broadleaf-podocarp forest patches, and threatened fauna. The sanctuary will be managed as a regional park.



Robin reintroduction

North Island Robins were released into the Shakespear Open Sanctuary on 14 May 2016. This is the second bird reintroduction to the sanctuary and follows a successful reintroduction of Whiteheads in 2015. The robins were transferred from populations on Tiritiri Matangi Island and from the Central North Island.

Waiheke Local Board

The Waiheke Local Board is continuing its work on the establishment of a network of marine reserves in association with the Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust. The Trust has recently accepted a proposal from a marine specialist to undertake a feasibility study and gap analysis of the five locations suggested in the Board’s submission on the new Marine Protected Areas Act. The work will commence in June 2016.

The Board has also been working in partnership with the Waiheke Resources Trust on a community-based wetland restoration programme focussing on the catchments of the Rangihoua and Te Matuku coastal wetlands. The programme has undertaken an extensive programme of weed eradication and planting using eco-sourced plants. The work has mostly been undertaken with volunteers.

Another successful collaboration with the Waiheke Resources Trust is the Little Oneroa Project which is undertaking a community education programme to clean up the Little Oneroa Lagoon.  The programme includes voluntary measures to assist homes in the catchment to monitor discharge from septic tanks and treatment plants and workshops on maintaining efficient septic tanks.


Long Bay community day

One hundred eighty people attended a public planting day at Long Bay Regional Park on 15 May 2016.  Approximately 4000 trees were planted as part of the annual programme to vegetate formerly grazed riparian areas.


Ministry for Primary Industries

Enhanced fisheries


Operational review of the Fisheries Management System


The Ministry for Primary Industries is undertaking a review of New Zealand’s fisheries management system to ensure it continues to deliver for all users.  The review provides an opportunity to think more broadly about our key processes, regulatory and legislative settings.  Input was sought earlier in the year to help inform the further development of this project.


MPI is working on the report, What We Heard, for the Minister, which summarises the submissions received.


MPI will then produce a range of additional briefings for the Minister, who will then decide on the next course of action.



Outcome of SCA CS review


The total allowable catch (TAC) for Coromandel scallops has been reduced from 131 to 81 tonnes (meatweight), and the total allowable commercial catch (TACC) from 100 to 50 tonnes.  The decision recognises that the previous TAC was set in response to the discovery of a large commercial scallop bed, and that this bed has now died off and is no longer fished.  Aligning the TAC and TACC with recent performance in the fishery takes into account the absence of updated biomass information or a formalised management plan.


The change complements a relatively detailed management framework already in place which includes recreational areas, fishing seasons, minimum legal size limits and a voluntary framework that operates within the commercial fishery to respond to catch rates throughout the season. Further work is planned to determine the long-term management approach for this shared fishery.


Sustainability review


MPI engages on Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and deemed value reviews twice a year to inform decisions for the 1 April and 1 October fishing years.


Ahead of the October 2016-2017 fishing year, MPI is proposing to review TACs, allowances, TACCs, and deemed values for 26 stocks with one stock in FMA1‑BNS1. Inshore species reviewed include all bluenose stocks (BNS1, 2, 3, 7 and 8), John Dory (JDO7), Paua (PAU7) and snapper (SNA7).


Proposals for the 1 October 2016 fishing year are expected to open the week beginning 13 June 2016, for submissions that will be due in early July.


Shellfish Bed Closures


Whangateau Harbour

The closure for recreational harvest of cockle and pipi at Whangateau Harbour has been rolled over indefinitely.


Umupuia Beach

MPI is currently consulting on a request by Ngai Tai Umupuia Te Waka Totara Trust for a further temporary closure at Umupuia Beach to the harvest of cockles (tuangi).  Submissions close 4 July 2014.  Further details are available at http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/proposed-further-temporary-fishing-closure-of-umupuia-beach-manukau-to-the-harvest-of-cockles-tuangi/


Monitoring will continue at Whangateau and Umupuia and other sites within the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park as part of the MPI intertidal monitoring programme. MPI is also planning to initiate work in 2016 on a broader management strategy for intertidal shellfish.


Snapper 1

Work to implement the Minister’s 2013 decisions is ongoing and includes:

·    The multi-sector SNA1 Strategy Group has completed its work and a report to the Minister is imminent.  An update will be provided to the Forum when this phase has been completed.

·    A new vessel monitoring system is now in place across the commercial fleet

·    Rollout of 100% coverage of camera technology across the snapper trawl fleet is underway

·    Detailed planning is underway to support a three year multi-million dollar snapper tagging research project that will begin later this year.




Work to implement the 2013 National Plan of Action for seabirds (NPOA) is ongoing and includes a number of initiatives which are currently in progress. MPI is involved collaboratively in both the national Seabird Advisory Group (SAG) as well as the FMA 1 Black Petrel Working Group (BPWG). Both these groups play an important role in ensuring the ongoing delivery of progress against the objectives of the NPOA, including those relevant to the Hauraki Gulf. MPI is responsible for delivering on a number of the actions and initiatives that arise from these forums.


A key action undertaken by the BPWG last year was an experimental assessment of video observation in an inshore bottom longline vessel, primarily targeting snapper, in FMA 1 between April and November 2015. The key aim was to assess whether video observation is a valid approach for monitoring seabird captures; recognising the constraints of limited observer coverage in inshore fisheries. Results from this trial indicate electronic monitoring has the potential to be a viable supplementary tool for existing observer programmes. The BPWG will continue to explore the role that electronic monitoring can have in observing seabird captures in commercial fisheries.


The focus of the most recent SAG meetings have been to progress work on the international objective of the NPOA and to advance discussions on alternative monitoring tools for observing seabird captures. The SAG continues to provide a solid foundation for tracking and maintaining progress towards achieving the objectives of the NPOA.


Seabird liaison officers, currently in their 3rd year of operation, continue to roll out seabird management plans (SMPs) on commercial vessels. Now, all bottom long line vessels in the FMA 1 snapper and bluenose fishery have an SMP on board. The introduction of a seabird liaison coordinator has provided a link between liaison officers and wider projects focused on seabird mitigation. This project will continue next year with the ongoing focus of assisting fleets to reduce their seabird bycatch and coordinating with wider efforts to reduce seabird bycatch.


MPI also supports the work of the Southern Seabirds Solutions Trust (SSST) which has a focus on engaging with all fishers (commercial and recreational) to reduce harm to seabirds through fishing. Key achievements from this group have been the development of seabird smart training workshops and the seabird smart awards, which aim to educate commercial fishers on best practice seabird mitigation and recognise those that are taking exceptional steps towards minimizing their impacts on seabirds. The recently formed MPI recreational fishing team has also been working closely with SSST to help progress engagement initiatives within the recreational fishing sector and work is ongoing in this area.




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Tim  Higham - Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum


Jacques  Victor - GM Auckland Plan Strategy and Research


Hauraki Gulf Forum

20 June 2016



Hauraki Gulf Forum Executive Officer's report


File No.: CP2016/12088



1.       To receive a quarterly update from the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s Executive Officer, Tim Higham.

Executive summary

2.       This report is prepared by Hauraki Gulf Forum’s Executive Officer to update Forum members on the delivery of the annual work plan, follow up actions from previous meetings, delivery of statutory requirements, and other matters of relevance since the last meeting.



That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      receive the Hauraki Gulf Forum Executive Officer’s report.



Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari project

3.       The Hauraki Gulf Forum’s Executive Officer continues to be involved in the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari project through involvement in Project Board meetings, which includes coordinating agency support, and attending the monthly Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) meeting with senior agency officials, in order to provide a conduit to the Forum’s work and interests.

4.       Sub-groups have been meeting frequently with technical advisers to develop each of the topic areas. The broad shape of the plan, aimed at increasing the abundance of marine life in the Gulf, is emerging and is expected to be completed for Project Steering Group consideration in October.

5.       Key areas of discussion have included how to significantly reduce sediment inputs into the Gulf, to transition away from activities that impact the seabed and prevent habitat recovery, and to provide a nested approach to marine protection. Particular consideration has been given to the interaction with the Government’s proposed recreational fishing park.

Proposed Marine Protected Areas legislation

6.       At the March 2016 meeting, the Forum requested that an amended submission be lodged on the proposed new Marine Protected Areas legislation.

7.       With the approval of the Chair and Deputy Chair, an amended submission was lodged with MPI on 18 March 2016, incorporating an additional point:

“A.  Alignment with Treaty principles /Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000.

The purpose of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 includes “to recognise the historic, traditional, cultural and spiritual relationships of the tangata whenua with the Hauraki Gulf and its islands.”

The rights to gather kaimoana and to earn a living from the sea through fishing are recognised in Maori fisheries and aquaculture settlements.

The proposed marine protection legislation does not recognise or protect these rights and the proposed recreational fishing park is inconsistent with those rights and requires further dialogue and resolution.

It is also disappointing that the recreational fishing park has been imposed when good faith negotiations on co-governance with the Crown are underway and the long standing Crown commitment to commence harbour negotiations remains outstanding.”

8.       At the meeting, several members sought clarification regarding the process for development of submissions by the Forum, including a greater role for governance input.  This was discussed with the Technical Officers Group on 12 May 2016, and process steps will be prepared for review at the next Forum meeting.

Fisheries Management

9.       The Forum will be aware of the publication of a new report on the historic catch record within New Zealand Fisheries. See Attachment A and supplementary material at http://www.nzai.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/our-research/new-zealand-catch-reconstruction.html

10.     The report has relevance to the management of fish stocks in the Hauraki Gulf, and the Hauraki Gulf Forum Executive Officer has worked with the Chair to consider ways to obtain greater overall value from the fisheries resources of the Gulf.  See Dialogue contribution “End wastefulness for fishing Industry we can be proud of”, published in the New Zealand Herald on 30 May 2016:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11647119 (Attachment B).

Bryde’s whale ship strike working group

11.     The latest quarterly ship speed monitoring results (January to March 2016) (Attachment C) show average large vessel speeds remain under 11 knots (down from 14.2 knots three years ago).

12.     The slight increase from the previous quarter is due to more cruise vessels, travelling at higher average speeds.

13.     The analysis shows vessels crossing the Hauraki Gulf (not calling at the Ports of Auckland) represent the highest speed transits (averaging 13 knots, up half a knot since the last quarter).

14.     An annual meeting of the collaborative group is scheduled on 20 September 2016 to consider these results and the latest research work.

Black petrel working group

15.     The Hauraki Gulf Forum’s Executive Officer continues to support the Black Petrel Working Group, which met at Auckland Council on 27April 2016.

16.     The group is currently focused on investigating how electronic monitoring can be used to supplement observers in the FMA 1 bottom longline fishery and demonstrate the success of the adoption of seabird smart measures across the fleet.

17.     Along with other members of the group, the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s Executive Officer also attended a meeting with Ministry of Primary Industries Director of Fisheries Dave Turner on 13 April 2016, to discuss how a proof of concept camera project could proceed in the 2016/2017 season.

18.     Meanwhile, researcher Elizabeth Bell has indicated this year’s breeding success at the main Great Barrier colony is likely to be around 67%, down from the 20 year average of 74% and one of the lowest three on record, possibly due to El Niño conditions.  Her final report is due in September this year.


19.     Over the last year, the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s Executive Officer has met several times with the conservation funding agencies.

20.     Foundation North is interested in working more strategically and in longer-term funding relationships, to address significant regional issues and encourage innovation. The Foundation has indicated that from stakeholder interviews, the Hauraki Gulf meets its criteria for more intensive investment and sees opportunity to support a suite of actions ranging from community engagement and education, to action research (prototyping) of new methodologies/technology.  A formal announcement about its approach will be made later this year.

21.     Similarly, the US-based environmental NGO, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has been scoping the potential of starting a New Zealand programme. It will establish an office in Wellington later this year and is looking at a Hauraki Gulf component within its investment portfolio. TNC is supporting the involvement of its Australia-based Marine Manager in this year’s seminar, to share experience of shellfish habitat restoration.  

2016 Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Seminar

22.     The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Seminar will take place on 13 September 2016, right after the next Forum meeting, and the theme of this year’s seminar is Do the Right Thing.

23.     The indicative programme is provided in attachment D.  Public bookings will be available via the Auckland Museum website and seats will be reserved for members who would like to attend.

Holdaway Award

24.     A memo calling for nominations for the 2016 Holdaway Award has been distributed among Forum agencies (see attachment E).

25.     A process for assessment was agreed last year (HGF/2015/23).  A shortlist of candidates is determined by a sub-committee of the Technical Officers Group, and recommendations made to a three-person group of Forum members composed of Chair John Tregidga, Moana Tamaariki-Pohe and Councillor Chris Darby.

Awareness raising

26.     Copies of the 2016 Icons of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park poster series have been supplied to schools with Te Reo teaching strengths in the Hauraki area.

27.     The poster art work is featured in the new June 2016 to May 2017 Champions of the Gulf calendar produced by Soar Print. The company is supplying this to clients and has generously made copies available to the Forum and to the ‘champions’ featured in the calendar. Copies will be included with the agenda.

28.     Wriggle Room (see attachment F) was posted on Forest and Bird’s website http://blog.forestandbird.org.nz/wriggle-room/ to complement the Changing Fortunes in the Hauraki Gulf article published in the autumn issue of Forest and Bird magazine.

29.     The Hauraki Gulf Forum’s Chief Executive has given recent talks to Rotary Clubs (Auckland and Parnell) on the topic What state is the Hauraki Gulf in, and what can we do about it?

Weaving the Strands

30.     The June issue of Weaving the Strands is currently in production and will be available at the meeting.

31.     The website www.gulfjournal.org.nz was launched in March this year to feature newsletter content and extended features that ‘support inspired management and action’.  Gulf Journal has received favourable feedback from colleagues with 2055 page views, 615 users and 127 subscribers in the quarter.

32.     Paper copies are intended to be phased out of Weaving the Strands in September.  Quarterly news will be distributed by email alert associated with the Gulf Journal site.

Review of Community Shellfish Monitoring Programme

33.     Auckland Council’s Environmental Services Unit has been unable to complete its review of the Community Shellfish Monitoring Programme in time for the meeting.  I anticipate this will be included in the next agenda.

Technical Officers Group

34.     A meeting of the Technical Officers Group was held on 12 May 2016 to plan the agenda for this meeting and review work planning and delivery.


Local board views and implications

35.     The paper was prepared by the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s Executive Officer with input from the Technical Officers Group as set out in the Forum’s governance statement.







University of Auckland press release: New Zealand fishery catch estimated at 2.7 times more than reported: study



End of wastefulness for fishing industry we can be proud of (NZ Herald, 30 May 2016)



Ship speed monitoring in the Hauraki Gulf, January to March 2016



2016 Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Seminar programme



Call for nominations for the 2016 Holdaway Award



Forest & Bird blog: Wriggle Room





Tim  Higham - Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum


Jacques  Victor - GM Auckland Plan Strategy and Research


Hauraki Gulf Forum

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Item 4.1      Attachment a    Tamaki Estuary Protection Society Incorporated Submission                                                      Page 83


Item 4.2      Attachment a    New Zealand Marine Research Foundation report: “Recreational Fishing in New Zealand – A Billion Dollar Industry”                                                           Page 85

Hauraki Gulf Forum

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Hauraki Gulf Forum

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