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




Meeting Room:



Monday, 20 February 2017


Reception Lounge, Level 2
Auckland Town Hall
301-305 Queen Street


Hauraki Gulf Forum







Mr Andrew Baucke

Department of Conservation

Mr Paul Majurey

Tangata Whenua

Mr Jeff Cleave

Great Barrier Local Board (Auckland Council)

Cr Rob  McGuire

Waikato District Council

Cr Paul Cronin

Matamata-Piako District Council

Mr John Meeuwsen

Waiheke Local Board (Auckland Council)

Cr Chris Darby

Auckland Council

Cr Dal Minogue

Waikato Regional Council

Mayor Sandra Goudie

Thames-Coromandel District Council

Liane Ngamane

Tangata Whenua

Mr Steve Halley

Ministry for Primary Industries

Ms Lucy  Steel

Tangata Whenua

Cr Richard Hills

Auckland Council

Ms Moana Tamaariki-Pohe

Tangata Whenua

Mr Terrence Hohneck

Tangata Whenua

Mayor John Tregidga

Hauraki District Council

Leo Koziol

Te Puni Kōkiri

Cr Wayne Walker

Auckland Council

Cr Mike Lee

Auckland Council

Cr John Watson

Auckland Council

Ms Nicola MacDonald

Tangata Whenua




(Quorum 11 members)



Kalinda  Gopal

Governance Advisor

14 February 2017

Contact Telephone: 09 367 2442

Email: kalinda.gopal@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz





The Hauraki Gulf Forum is established under the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 with the following purpose, functions, powers and membership.


Purpose  (Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000, s 15)


·    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

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


Functions  (Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000, s 17)


·    Prepare a list of strategic issues, determine a priority for action on each issue, and regularly review that list

·    Facilitate and encourage co-ordinated financial planning, where possible, by the constituent parties

·    Obtain, share, and monitor information on the state of the natural and physical resources

·    Receive reports on the completion and implementation of deeds of recognition

·    Require and receive reports from constituent parties on the development and implementation of policies and strategies to address the issues identified under paragraph (a)

·    Receive reports from the tangata whenua of the Hauraki Gulf on the development and implementation of iwi management or development plans

·    Prepare and publish, once every 3 years, a report on the state of the environment in the Hauraki Gulf, including information on progress towards integrated management and responses to the issues identified in accordance with paragraph (a)

·    Promote and advocate the integrated management and, where appropriate, the sustainable management of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments

·    Encourage, share, co-ordinate where appropriate, and disseminate educational and promotional material

·    Liaise with, and receive reports from, persons and groups having an interest in the Hauraki Gulf and business and community interests to promote an interest in the purposes of the forum

·    Commission research into matters relating to the functions of the forum


When carrying out its functions, the forum must have particular regard to the historic, traditional, cultural, and spiritual relationship of tangata whenua with the natural, historic, and physical resources of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments.


Powers (Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000, s 18):

·         Consider issues related to its purpose

·         Receive reports from constituent parties

·         Make recommendations to constituent parties

·         Advise any person who requests the forum's advice


The forum must not:

(a)     appear before a court or tribunal other than as a witness if called by a party to proceedings

(b)     take part in a decision-making process under any enactment other than to advise when requested to do so.


Joint committee (Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000, s 16)

“(2)      The forum consists of the following representatives:

(a)     1 representative appointed by the Minister of Conservation:

(b)     1 representative appointed by the Minister of Fisheries:

(c)     1 representative appointed by the Minister of Maori Affairs:

(ca)   7 representatives appointed by the Auckland Council:

(d)     1 representative appointed by each of the following local authorities:

(iv) Hauraki District Council:

(vi) Matamata-Piako District Council:

(ix) Thames-Coromandel District Council:

(x) Waikato District Council:

(xi) Waikato Regional Council:

(e)     6 representatives of the tangata whenua of the Hauraki Gulf and its islands appointed by the Minister, after consultation with the tangata whenua and the Minister of Maori Affairs.


(2A)     The representatives appointed in accordance with subsection (2)(ca) must—

(a)        be members of —

(i)         the Auckland Council; or

(ii)        a local board of the Auckland Council elected in accordance with the Local Electoral Act 2001 and

(b)       include 1 member of each of the Great Barrier Island and Waiheke Island local board”.





Hauraki Gulf Forum

20 February 2017



ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                        PAGE

1          Apologies                                                                                                                        7

2          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   7

3          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                               7

4          Public Forum                                                                                                                  7

4.1     Tamaki Estuary - Shaun Lee                                                                               7

5          Extraordinary Business                                                                                                8

6          Notices of Motion                                                                                                          8

7          Election of the Hauraki Gulf Forum chair and deputy

8          Implications of the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari Marine Spatial Plan               11

9          Update on the Auckland Unitary Plan                                                                       25

10        Predator Free 2050 Initiative                                                                                       29

11        Auckland Local Government Reorganisation                                                          33

12        Executive Officers Report                                                                                          39

13        Constituent Party Report                                                                                            71  

14        Consideration of Extraordinary Items 



1          Apologies


At the close of the agenda no apologies had 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, 12 September 2016, including the confidential section, as a true and correct record.



4          Public Forum


4.1       Tamaki Estuary - Shaun Lee


1.       To receive a presentation from Shaun Lee regarding the potential impact of a housing development on shorebirds using the Tamaki Estuary.

Executive summary

2.       Mr Lee, a resident of Glen Innes, has initiated the Save Point England website -http://savepe.org.nz/ - which has raised over 1000 signatures on a petition to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee which is hearing the Point England Development Enabling Bill.

3.       A blog about Mr Lee’s concerns is included as Attachment A.



That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      receive the presentation regarding Tamaki Estuary from Shaun Lee and thank him for his attendance.

b)      note the submission to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee made by the Hauraki Gulf Forum Chair expressing concern about impacts of the proposed development on shorebird habitat (within Executive Officer’s Report in the agenda).



a          Mr Lee's blog regarding the Tamaki Estuary......................................... 87



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

20 February 2017



Election of the Hauraki Gulf Forum chair and deputy


File No.: CP2017/00945





1.       To elect the chairperson and deputy chairperson of the Hauraki Gulf Forum

Executive summary

2.       Section 25 of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 provides for the Forum to elect its chairperson from amongst its members.  The chairperson holds office for the term that is agreed.  At its meeting on 9 December 2013, the Forum elected Mayor John Tregidga as chair and specified the term as being “for the remainder of the local government electoral term.”  As the term of the previous chairperson has now ended, the Forum is required to elect a new chairperson and to specify the term of the appointment.

3.       When electing a chairperson, the Forum also elects a deputy chairperson to act in the place of the chairperson when the chairperson is absent. At its meeting on 9 December 2013, the Forum elected member Liane Ngamane as deputy chair.

4.       The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 in section 22 sets out which clauses in the Local Government Act 2002 apply to the Forum. This does not include the clause in the LGA 2002 which requires local authorities, when appointing committee chairpersons, to decide which voting system to use. Nevertheless, the standing orders for the Forum include this provision and the Forum may choose to adopt the voting system in which a candidate for an election must receive a majority of votes rather than simply receive most votes. If there are two or more candidates, this voting system requires successive rounds of voting with the lowest polling candidate dropping off, until a candidate receives a majority of votes. The Forum has previously used the voting system which requires a candidate to simply receive the most votes in order to be elected.

5.       The suggested process is:

1)   The Senior Governance Advisor chairs the meeting until the chairperson is elected.

2)   The Senior Governance Advisor calls for nominations for chairperson.

3)   If there is only one nomination, the Senior Governance Advisor declares that person the chairperson.

4)   If there is more than one nomination, the Senior Governance Advisor will call for votes in respect of each candidate and declare the candidate with the most votes the chairperson. If votes are tied then the result is determined by lot.

5)   A similar process is used for electing a deputy chairperson.

6)   The meeting passes a resolution specifying the term of office.




That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      elect a chairperson and deputy chairperson by using the voting the system that requires a candidate to receive the most votes in order to be elected.

b)      agree the term of office for these appointments.




There are no attachments for this report.     



Warwick McNaughton - Principal Advisor - Democracy Services


Tim  Higham - Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum


Hauraki Gulf Forum

20 February 2017



Implications of the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari Marine Spatial Plan


File No.: CP2017/01128





1.       To provide an overview of the recommendations of the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari Marine Spatial Plan (Sea Change), highlight their high-level implications and establish a process for preparing the Hauraki Gulf Forum (the Forum) to respond to those recommendations.

  Executive summary

2.       Sea Change provides a package of integrated actions or pathways, broadly consistent with the Forum’s vision and the management objectives of the Hauraki Marine Park Act 2000.

3.       In developing a proposed spatial plan Sea Change Stakeholder Working Group gave consideration to the institutional arrangements required to lead, guide and support successful achievement of its vision for the Hauraki Gulf.

4.       Some recommendations refer directly to the Forum, and several suggest functions that go beyond what the Forum currently does but that may be a natural extension of its role and within the scope of its current mandate. To play these roles effectively agency support, additional resources, amendments to the Forum’s governance statement, and changes to the Forum secretariat would likely be needed.

5.       Other recommendations suggest fundamental changes to the shape of the Forum and relationship to the other management agencies and would require statutory change.

6.       In the near to mid-term the Forum will need to consider these choices and also be informed by consideration being given to the plan recommendations by ministers and member agencies.

7.       This paper and proposed further analysis ahead of the Forum’s May 2017 meeting are intended to enable the Forum to consider such options and inform its decisions on the role it plays in the promotion and implementation of the Sea Change plan.



That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note that the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari Marine Spatial Plan provides a package of integrated actions or pathways that are broadly consistent with the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s vision and the management objectives of the Hauraki Marine Park Act 2000.

b)      agree to have a substantive discussion at the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s May 2017 meeting on the Sea Change recommendations and their implications for its future work programme.

c)      request that the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s Executive Officer, working collaboratively with the Technical Officers Group, provide advice prior to its May 2017 meeting on options to promote and implement the vision and pathways identified in Sea Change plan, within its powers and functions under the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000.



8.       Hauraki Gulf Forum – calls for change

9.       Established in 2000 to promote the management objectives of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act, the Forum has a broad mandate and enabling set of powers. Its key functions are to integrate management of the Hauraki Gulf, foster cooperation and coordination between the relevant management agencies, and to recognise the relationships of tangata whenua with the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana / Te Moananui a Toi (the Gulf).

10.     For the first few years of its life the Forum concentrated on identifying strategic issues and reporting on the state of the Gulf.

11.     With the appointment of a permanent executive officer in 2007 and the allocation of additional resourcing, the Forum began to pick up a broader range of functions within its mandate – in particular increasing its emphasis on communication to build public and agency awareness of the Gulf’s state, pressures and needs. 

12.     Over the past decade concerns have grown regarding the state of the Gulf and the effectiveness of those agencies responsible for managing it. Some have suggested the Forum could or should do more, or that its mandate and capacity should be extended to allow it to take a more active role in managing the Gulf.

13.     As the 2000s drew to a close the Forum began to advocate for specific mitigation and remediation initiatives – notably whale ship strike and mussel reef regeneration projects – and to drive for the development of a marine spatial plan for integrating management of the Gulf. With this last initiative in mind, the Forum played a lead role in the establishment of the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari project. 

14.     The proposed marine spatial plan was developed by a stakeholder working group through a collaborative process over three years, involving a significant financial and time investment by stakeholders and sponsoring agencies. The proposed plan has been recommended to an agency and mana whenua-led project steering group, on which the Forum was represented, and will now be considered by individual agencies.

15.     The proposed plan seeks to reverse environmental decline and improve environmental health, ‘mauri’ and abundance.

16.     The pathways identified to achieve this include:

·        transitions to create high value wild caught and farmed fisheries which recognise the Gulf and its produce as a taonga

·        creation of marine reserves and protected areas and scaled up investment in marine restoration initiatives

·        the setting of load limits for sediment and nutrients, and investment of sediment traps and stabilisation

·        a mechanism for mana whenua and communities to work together to define local-scale coastal management

·        ambitious engagement with the ‘hearts and minds’ of all Gulf users.

These are broadly consistent with the stated vision and strategic issues response framework previously developed by the Forum.

17.     Sea Change recommends strong, effective co-governance

18.     Participants in Sea Change gave explicit consideration to the institutional arrangements required to lead, guide and support successful achievement of its vision for the Gulf. Importantly, Sea Change concluded that:

a)      “strong, effective co-governance is the key element that will influence the successful implementation of the Plan[1]”, and

b)      implementation should take place within co-management arrangements, including those that come from Treaty settlements.

19.     The key thrust of Sea Change’s recommendations in this area is to confirm the importance of integrated management of the Gulf, and the effective co-ordination of the actions of all management agencies under a clear and singular guiding vision. Sea Change concludes this integration and coordination requires an institutional champion for the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park that is mandated and resourced to play an active advisory and decision-making role, including the “acceptance, adoption, and implementation of the Marine Spatial Plan” and its subsequent iterations.  

20.     Sea Change accordingly makes a suite of recommendations relating to the functions of a coordinating and governing entity for the Gulf. (An overview of the recommendations directly relevant to the Forum is included as Attachment A.) In doing so it acknowledges that the Forum currently provides an “overarching perspective” on the management of the Gulf and notes that, in the future, it may play the essential coordinating co-governance role that Sea Change considers to be necessary but currently lacking.

21.     Sea Change also acknowledges that the Forum has been considering its form and functions, but generally stops short of recommending explicit changes to the Forum’s operating model. Instead Sea Change describes the general attributes that a coordinating and governing entity for the Gulf need to successfully deliver the vision and pathways it promotes. These attributes go beyond the current oversight, communication and commentary role performed by the Forum, and extend into policy analysis and advice, implementation-support, directive leadership and approval or decision-making roles. 

22.     There is scope within the Forum’s current mandate for it to expand the range of activities it undertakes. Some of Sea Change’s detailed recommendations relating to the anticipated governance entity refer directly to the Forum, and several suggest functions that go beyond what the Forum currently does but that may be a natural extension of the Forum’s role and are arguably within the scope of its current mandate, including:

a)      overseeing the implementation plan for the Sea Change Marine Spatial Plan

b)      convening “action committees” and “multi-agency advisory groups” charged with making recommendations to responsible agencies and ministers

c)      establishing a research and monitoring committee to act as a broker and hub for research activities

d)      leading strategic Gulf-wide initiatives

e)      coordinating the actions of community initiatives and restoration groups

f)       providing advice to applicants for major infrastructure projects

g)      requiring reports from agencies on their progress towards implementing an ecosystem/mātauranga Māori-based approach to marine management.


23.     These recommendations could be implemented by the Forum without the need for statutory change. To play these roles effectively, however, the Forum would likely need:

a)      the support of its member agencies

b)      additional resources

c)      amendments to the Forum’s governance statement

d)      changes to the role definitions of agency staff supporting the Forum (i.e. through formal secondments to a Forum secretariat).

24.     Some of Sea Change’s recommendations, however, suggest changes to the structure and membership of the Forum, and substantial extensions to its role – mandating it to approve plans that agencies would then be required to “give effect to”. These changes would fundamentally change the shape of the Forum and relationship to the other management agencies with responsibilities in and to the Gulf. To play these roles effectively, enabling statutory change would also be required in addition to the points noted in paragraph 14 (potentially going beyond the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act to include the Resource Management Act 1991 and other statutes).

25.     Responding to Sea Change

26.     The Forum is the default entity to pick up many of the leadership, coordination and oversight roles and functions identified by Sea Change as being necessary to achieve its vision and promote the pathways it outlines in the Marine Spatial Plan. With additional resourcing and support from its members and other government departments (i.e. the Ministry for the Environment), many of these roles and functions could arguably be delivered within the Forum’s existing mandate. Other functions would require the Forum to stretch beyond the edge of its current mandate and would require enabling statutory change.

27.     In the near to mid-term the Forum will face a choice between:

a)      maintaining its current scope of activities – the effectiveness of which has been questioned by independent reviews and judged inadequate by the Sea Change process

b)      extending the scope of its actions to include the leadership, coordination and advisory functions recommended by Sea Change that can be realised within its current mandate, and seeking member support and resourcing to allow it to undertake these roles effectively, or

c)      seeking statutory changes to its mandate to enable it to adopt functions that change its make-up and provide it with decision-making and approval powers that determine the direction of other agencies’ planning and research programmes. 

28.     It is noted that an independent review in 2014 and follow-up report in 2016 recommended changes to the Forum’s structure and decision-making powers similar to those proposed by Sea Change. However these recommendations were not adopted and further advice on them was sought from member agencies.

29.     It is also noted that the three ministers with primary responsibilities for areas recommendations by Sea Change have indicated they will initiate a process for considering the plan’s recommendations.[2]

30.     While a range of options remain on the table for consideration by ministers and member agencies it is appropriate for the Forum to fully explore the scope it has to promote and implement the plan within existing powers and functions.

31.     It is proposed the Executive Officer, with the Technical Officers Group, prepare advice for the Forum’s May 2017 meeting on options to promote and implement the vision and pathways identified in Sea Change plan, within existing powers and functions under the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000.

32.     It is anticipated this will provide a useful parallel enquiry as agencies consider their responses and future arrangements in relation to the plan.  

33.     Agency reactions to the Sea Change recommendations  

34.     Each of the key agencies with management interests and responsibilities in the Hauraki Gulf – the Waikato territorial authorities and Waikato Regional Council, Auckland Council, Ministry for Primary Industries and Department of Conservation, and the Ministry for the Environment (despite not being a member of the Forum) – have their own processes for reviewing and responding to Sea Change and its recommendations. These review processes work within each agency’s timeframes and political processes. 

35.     Table 1 provides a brief summary of the process and timeframes each agency is working to, insight into the current status of each agency’s review and its initial position on or reaction to the recommendations that relate to the role and functions of the Forum.

Table 1: Agency content summarising their review process and initial position on recommendations


Review process and timeframes

Current status and initial position on the Sea Change recommendations 

Department of Conservation / Ministry for Primary Industries / Ministry for the Environment

Following the public release of the Sea Change Plan in early December, the Government acknowledged the Sea Change Stakeholder Working Group for their passion for the Hauraki Gulf and the development of a plan that signifies a vital first step towards restoring a healthy and abundant Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Officials are currently analysing the broad suite of recommendations in the Plan, and advising Ministers on the next steps on its consideration and implementation. It is anticipated that this next phase will entail the careful weighting up of recommendations that could impact the rights and interests of stakeholders and industry and, possibly, targeted consultation on some aspects of the plan.

It is really important to government that the good relationships built during the development of the spatial plan are maintained, and that all partners have confidence in the next steps. 

Waikato Regional Council

WRC view Sea Change as an important strategic planning document to inform its future planning, particularly its review of the Waikato Regional Coastal Plan which has recently commenced.  Council has started working on an implementation plan to respond to those actions in Sea Change relevant to Council’s statutory functions. WRC’s implementation of Sea Change will be achieved through a mix of business as usual, expanding business as usual and new work across the organisation.  Some of the actions will have implications in terms of funding and resourcing, and some of the Spatial Plan timeframes may not align with Council’s annual plan and current long term plan funding rounds.  It is forecast that the proposed implementation plan will be presented to Council mid 2016 following discussion with territorial authorities within the region to better understand their views and timeframes.

WRC supports the overall realisation of Sea Change being assisted if HGF took a leadership, coordination and advisory role in the planning and feasibility of implementation actions. WRC sees the HGF having a lead role in advocating for the implementation of Sea Change across statutory agencies, NGOs, iwi, and within the broader community.


Auckland Council

An ‘Evaluation Steering Group’, consisting of senior managers across the Council family, is carrying out an initial evaluation of the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari marine spatial plan. Results will be presented to a council committee in April/May in the form of an advice paper seeking the council’s position on the plan and the approach going forward. The Steering Group is supported by staff from the Natural Environment Strategy Unit who liaise with other agencies on the plan.

Council departments and CCOs are carrying out their initial assessments at the moment. The ‘Evaluation Steering Group’ will use these assessments to produce an advice paper that contains an analysis on how the plan intersects with the council’s responsibilities, and how it can be implemented to improve outcomes for the Hauraki Gulf. It is anticipated that the paper will at a high level:

·      recommend an Auckland Council formal position on the plan

·      comment on implementation opportunities in terms of (amongst other things) expected effectiveness at addressing the issues for the Gulf, alignment with existing initiatives or work programmes, legal limitations, funding requirements, timeframes etc.

·      identify and assign responsibilities for various initiatives and management actions to different council departments and CCOs

·      provide recommendations for further more detailed analysis by different departments to advance implementation of relevant initiatives/actions (e.g. available delivery vehicles, funding implications, prioritisation and timeframes).

Matamata Piako District

Matamata-Piako District Council agreed to postpone conversation on the role of the Hauraki Gulf Forum until following local body elections of late 2016.

To date, Matamata-Piako District Council has not considered this matter.

Waikato District

Waikato District Council is being briefed on Sea Change on 22 February 2017 at their Strategy and Finance Committee Meeting. The recommendations within Appendix 1 require further discussion with Council and it is expected that the recommendations will be considered by Council by July 2017. 

Waikato District Council has not yet considered the Sea Change recommendations. 

Members should note, however, that Waikato District Council raised the following points on the report titled ‘Hauraki Gulf Forum - Governance review and recommendations’ which were presented at the 12 September 2016 Hauraki Gulf Forum meeting :

·      that the Forum be comprised of a balance of Mana whenua and elected representatives

·      that Minister of Conservation appointments and NGO’s be advisors and not members of the Forum.

Thames Coromandel District

At a Council meeting on 24 January 2017, Councillors gave their input to the Mayor on the governance review of the Hauraki Gulf Forum. Council does not support the changes to governance arrangements for the Hauraki Gulf Forum proposed by the independent reviews, and nor does it support the consequent actions required to support those changes.

Council considers the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan, “Sea Change”, should be used as an information tool only to inform the strategic action functions of the Hauraki Gulf Forum going forward and that any moves to change its status as a statutory document should trigger a full resource management consultative process.

Hauraki District

Will be considered over the next three years as parts of the District Plan are considered for review.

Refer to HDC Mayor for comments on this aspect.


36.     This paper was developed by Andrew Schollum, a consultant with Martin Jenkins, following discussion at the Technical Officers Meeting of December 8, 2016. A draft was reviewed with officers, who also contributed the section capturing current agency responses.






Overview of Sea Change Recommendations





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Tim  Higham - Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum


Jacques  Victor - GM Auckland Plan Strategy and Research


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Update on the Auckland Unitary Plan


File No.: CP2017/01219



1.       To brief the Forum on the status of the Auckland Unitary Plan as it pertains to the Hauraki Gulf.

Executive summary

2.       The Auckland Unitary Plan is operative in part and has implications for use of the coastal marine area and land around the Hauraki Gulf through multiple overlays and provisions.


That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Marilyn Ford, an Auckland Council planner, for her update.



3.       The Auckland Unitary Plan is the principal rule book for the Auckland region.

4.       It is now operative in part, while some parts are still subject to appeals.

5.       The values of the Gulf are recognised through multiple overlays in the plan, and its provisions for the use of land and the coastal marine area.

6.       A brief overview is appended.

7.       Marilyn Ford, a planner in Auckland Council’s Plans and Places Department, will speak to the paper and respond to any questions from the Forum. 







Overview of the Unitary Plan





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Jacques  Victor - GM Auckland Plan Strategy and Research


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Predator Free 2050 Initiative


File No.: CP2017/01005



1.       To brief the Hauraki Gulf Forum on the Government’s Predator Free 2050 initiative.

Executive summary

2.       A new initiative to rid New Zealand of possums, rats and stoats by 2050 is considered ambitious yet achievable, and anticipates significant environmental, social and economic benefits.


That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Nicola Toki, Department of Conservation Threatened Species Ambassador, for her presentation.


3.       Predator Free 2050 aims to rid New Zealand of possums, rats and stoats by 2050.

4.       The Government has committed $28 million over 4 years and $7 million per year thereafter - on top of over $70 million already spent each year on predator control by government, regional councils, OSPRI, businesses, iwi, communities and others.

5.       The initiative expects to leverage technology, research and networks to become one of the most ambitious conservation projects undertaken in New Zealand.

6.       The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park has played an important part in the development of predator control operations in New Zealand. This includes the first rat eradication in the Noises group in the early 1960s, the helicopter delivery of toxins to clear the Mokohinau Islands of rats in the 1990s, and the removal of 10 introduced animal pests on Rangitoto-Motutapu in 2011.

7.       Nicola Toki is DOC’s Threatened Species Ambassador for the Department of Conservation and has been closely involved in Predator Free 2050. She will provide an overview of the initiative’s goals, drivers, current programme of work, and achievements to date. She will also facilitate a discussion on the relevance of the initiative to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.  







Background paper - Predator Free 2050





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Jacques  Victor - GM Auckland Plan Strategy and Research


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Auckland Local Government Reorganisation


File No.: CP2017/01020



1.       To brief the Hauraki Gulf Forum on the current Auckland local government reorganisation process.

Executive summary

2.       The Local Government Commission is considering applications from community groups in North Rodney and Waiheke for reorganisation of local government and wishes to brief the Hauraki Gulf Forum on its process of consideration.


That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Local Government Commission Chief Executive Suzanne Doig and Auckland Lead Advisor Renata Sain for their briefing.


3.       The Local Government Commission has requested the opportunity to provide a verbal briefing to the Forum on the current Auckland local government reorganisation process, and provide members with an opportunity to ask questions.








Background paper - Auckland Local Government Reorganisation





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20 February 2017



Executive Officers Report


File No.: CP2017/01208



1.       To provide an update from the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s Executive Officer.

Executive summary

2.       This report is prepared by Hauraki Gulf Forum 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.



3.       Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari project

The Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari proposed marine spatial plan was publically launched in Thames on December 6 and Auckland on December 7 2016.


The full report can be accessed at: http://www.seachange.org.nz/Read-the-Plan/

The plan was the focus of the December issue of the Gulf Journal and related e-newsletter.  An excerpt of the newsletter is included as Attachment A and the full edition can be accessed at: http://gulfjournal.org.nz it includes the following articles:

·        john-tregidga-welcomes-proposed-marine-spatial-plan-for-the-hauraki-gulf

·        transition-to-high-value-wild-caught-and-farmed-fisheries

·        reducing-sediments-and-nutrients

·        restoring-lost-ecosystem-function

·        responding-to-local-need-and-pressures

The Government response to the plan can be viewed at:


Close attention to the plan has been given by some media, notably the Gulf News on Waiheke and recreational fishing channels.

The Project Board convenes February 2016 to consider final publication and distribution of the proposed plan.

Agencies have initiated processes to consider the plan’s recommendations. These have been reported, where possible, under the Sea Change agenda item for this Forum meeting.

A presentation on the content of the proposed plan will be arranged for the workshop preceding this Forum meeting.


4.       Point England submission

As noted in the public submission section of the agenda, the Local Government and Environment Select Committee is currently considering a bill to enable development of housing on public reserve land at Point England. The Chair of the Forum has submitted to the committee noting concern about impacts on the last remaining shorebird roosting areas on the Tamaki Estuary. This submission is included as Attachment B.

5.       Poster series

A new Hauraki Gulf Marine Park poster series has been produced in partnership with the New Zealand Herald and Young Ocean Explorers.

The series will appear with the New Zealand Herald on February 27, 28 and March 1.

The theme of the posters is ‘Explore the Gulf’ and each illustrates species that can be found in the shallow, mid and deeper water environments of the marine park. The posters are included as Attachments D. Readers are invited to download an App which, when used to scan some animals on the posters, links to video content featuring presenter Riley Hathaway of Young Ocean Explorers ‘fame’.

The posters again have a Te Reo component. Arrangements will be made to distribute through schools in the region through the Auckland Council and Waikato Regional Council education programmes.

Sponsorship for production was secured from Auckland Council’s Healthy Waters department, Department of Conservation, Waikato Regional Council, Foundation North and Soar Print, with additional support from the Bobby Stafford Bush Foundation, Whale and Dolphin Explorer and PADI for the App development.

Artwork featured in previous posters has been made available for educational initiatives being developed by the Sir Peter Blake Trust (Youth EnviroLeaders Forum), Auckland Council (a guide to the Waitakere Coastal and Marine area), and an ex-teacher (a board game educational resource for schools and game fishing clubs).

6.       Bryde’s whale ship strike collaborative group

The latest quarterly monitoring results are included as Attachment F showing a slight increase in average speed (10.8 knots) over the previous quarter, due to more cruise ship visits.

The analysis now also shows that cross-Gulf transits continue to remain in the higher risk categories.

To help address this the Chair and I met with the Northland Regional Council Chair and CEO in November, then with Matt Ball from Ports of Auckland, and the Whangarei Harbour Safety Committee chaired by the WRC Harbourmaster. The follow up letter is included as Attachment G. As a result the committee intends to reproduce the transit protocol for operators of vessels, mainly oil tankers and cement freighters, which regularly transit the Gulf from Northport.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare representative on the collaborative group is also arranging meetings with Australia-based cruise companies. Communication with Ports of Tauranga has also been initiated.

7.       Black petrel working group

A meeting of the Black Petrel Working Group was held in October 2016 and another is planned for February 16. These are helping to progress the introduction of electronic monitoring of fishing vessels for seabird captures and to consider ways to strengthen commitments and benefits from seabird smart fishing practices.

In December I accompanied Kennedy Warne (founding editor of NZ Geographic magazine) and commercial fishers associated with Leigh Fisheries to assist researchers in the main colony on Hirakimata/ Mt Hobson on Aotea/ Great Barrier Island.

The visit (and our discussions about the impact of the work of the Forum) are reported in his ‘Off the Beaten Track’ interview with Kathryn Ryan on Radio NZ’s Nine to Noon Show:


I am also contributing to a remake of the 1960s TV series Islands of the Gulf with Elisabeth Easther, the daughter of original series director and author of the similarly-titled book, Shirley Maddock. The Great Barrier filming will occur on February 15-19. Further information can be accessed at: https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/islands-of-the-gulf---great-barrier-1965

While on the island I will facilitate a visit by the Forum Chair and Coromandel MP Scott Simpson on February 17 – recently appointed to the role of Private Secretary for environment and conservation, and Chair the Local Government and Environment Select Committee - to meet the petrel research team.


8.       State of Environment reporting responsibilities

The triennial state of environment report is due for publication again this year. With significant compilation and analysis of environmental information completed for the Sea Change project, I am considering the most useful way of discharging this responsibility. This may take the form of a ‘refresh’ of the indicator sets used in previous reports and a focused enquiry on a particular dimension of environmental knowledge that helps advance priorities identified by Sea Change. I expect to further define this over the next quarter with officer input.

9.       GIFT

Foundation North’s new Gulf Innovation Fund Together was introduced to the Forum at its last meeting. It provides $5 million over five years to respond to the issues identified in the Forum’s State of our Gulf assessments. See http://www.giftofthegulf.org.nz/

I have presented and participated in three ‘innovation labs’ hosted by Foundation North to solicit and test proposals. On February 13 I will contribute with foundation trustees in reviewing the first tranche of proposals for up to $50,000 for early stage prototyping of ideas.

10.     Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Seminar

Video of presentations of the 2016 seminar in September has been posted at http://gulfjournal.org.nz/seminars/

I am currently exploring dates with Auckland Museum, keen to host the event again in the third quarter of 2017. Any ideas about keynote speakers would be welcomed.

I was saddened to hear of the death of Ann Holdaway on 11 January 2017 at Northbridge Hospital, age 91. Ann has attended the last four seminars to help present the Holdaway Award, which recognises the contributions of her late husband Jim in the establishment and promotion of the marine park. Her delightful comments at the 2015 seminar can be viewed here https://player.vimeo.com/video/146363323.

A card expressing condolences on behalf of the Forum have been sent to her family.

The 2016 Holdaway Award was presented to Raewyn Peart, recognizing the publication of her book The Story of the Hauraki Gulf.

The book has received glowing reviews since publication in September and appeared in both the Listener’s and the New Zealand Herald’s Best Books of 2016. It was reprinted due to demand before Christmas. http://haurakigulfstory.com/hauraki-gulf-book/

11.     Gulf Journal

The website Gulf Journal and associated e-newsletter have replaced the Forum newsletter Weaving the Strands. The last, 35th issue was published in September. The Gulf Journal has attracted over 500 subscribers to date.

The next Gulf Journal will go live in week of February 20.

12.     MAD Marine programme

As in recent years, I have provided sponsorship to enable the MAD Marine programme - an annual four-day youth sustainability hui - to return from Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp on the Whale and Dolphin Explorer boat. http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/en/environmentwaste/educationvolunteering/pages/youthsustainabilityprogrammes.aspx

From: Cate Jessep

Sent: Monday, 30 January 2017 4:42 p.m.

To: Tim Higham

Hi Tim

We had an absolutely brilliant morning on the Hauraki Gulf. The weather was perfect, experts were so prepared to have conversations with the MAD marine students. I wish you could have been there to see them. Sophie Heighway who manages our wider team did a fabulous job preparing them to dance with students then to cap it off, the skipper found 100s of dolphin, 100s of sea birds feeding on plankton at the same spot including gannets, sooty shearwaters, and then he found whales. Not sure how many as it could have been the same one coming up again and again in different places.

Everyone was inspired. Rochelle and Joe please can you send Tim some photos of the morning?

Thank you for your continued support.

There are some quite innovative action plans that have emerged from this hui. They may even involve the GIFT funding if they work.

Nga mihi nui


Participants in the programme subsequently bring a youth dimension to the annual seminar, and following this year’s presentations, spawned interest from the Danish diplomatic mission for reciprocal visits.

13.     Technical Officers Group

A meeting of the Technical Officers Group was held on 8 December 2016 to plan the agenda for this meeting and review work planning and delivery.


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








December Gulf Journal Newsletter



Point England Submission



PE Submission Form



Explore the Gulf Posters 2017



NZH Hauraki Poster Series



IFAW Ship Speed Monitoring Oct-Dec16



Letter to Northland Regional Council





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Constituent Party Report


File No.: CP2017/01138



1.       This report describes recent activities undertaken by Hauraki Gulf Forum constituent parties which address the strategic issues of the Forum. This report is a regular means of meeting the Forum’s purpose of facilitating communication, co-operation and co-ordination among its members.

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

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

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.




Department of Conservation

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

Hauturu/Little Barrier Conservation Management Plan

Work to prepare a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for Hauturu/Little Barrier Island has continued. Development of a CMP for the island is a key piece of redress in the Ngāti Manuhiri Treaty settlement.


The draft plan was publicly notified in August 2016. Four submissions were received, two of whom were heard at a hearing. The Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust and the Auckland Conservation Board have worked through the submissions and revised the draft CM. Once both the Trust and the Board are happy with the revised plan, the next step is for the draft to be referred to the NZ Conservation Authority and Minister of Conservation for comment. The Trust and the Board are co-approvers of this plan.


For more see:  http://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/have-your-say/all-consultations/2016/te-hauturu-o-toi-little-barrier-island-conservation-management-plan/

Motu Plan (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 piece of redress in the Tāmaki Collective Treaty settlement. 


A funding package to support work on this plan is currently in preparation, and it is hoped that work will commence in March. Funding will include support for the Tūpuna Taonga o Tāmaki Makaurau Trust (a post Treaty settlement entity of the Tāmaki Collective) so it can undertake its role in the process. The Trust and the Auckland Conservation Board are co-approvers of this plan.

Biodiversity Action Plan

In December 2016 the Minister of Conservation released an updated Biodiversity Action Plan.  This was a targeted update of the original plan published in 2000. It sets out 20 high level national targets, and includes the Predator Free New Zealand 2050 project (see separate Agenda Item), and the “War on Weeds” which targets a baker’s dozen of weeds across the country.

For more see: http://www.doc.govt.nz/news/media-releases/2016/minister-releases-new-biodiversity-action-plan/



Operations and Asset Management

Auckland Operations Region

The Department has completed its re-organisation to improve how it delivers its work in the Hauraki Gulf area.  On 31 October 2016 an Auckland Operations Region was established. It matches the Auckland Council boundaries, except in the Kaipara (where the boundary follows the southern shoreline), and in the south east (where the boundary follows the bushline along the southern Hunuas).

The Operations Group is responsible for delivering conservation work on the ground including growth with partners. Andrew Baucke has been appointed as Director Operations, Auckland, and is currently completing recruitment to the management team and staff. 

Motukorea/Browns Island management

Following a request from Auckland Council, administrative responsibility for Motukorea/Browns Island was returned to Council in December 2016.  On the ground management activity is currently transitioning across.

The island was gifted to the former Auckland City Council in 1955. In 1968 management was granted to the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park Board.  The Department assumed management when the Park Board was abolished in 1990.


The Council has requested that the island remain part of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, and this is under action. As a result of the administrative change the island will no longer fall under the Motu Plan (CMP) referred to above.


Rakitu Island pest eradication

The Department has undertaken further work on preparing for the long planned pest eradication of Rakitu. One cause for delay was uncertainty about the future of the weka present on the island, which were introduced many years ago from the mainland. The Weka Recovery Group has recently confirmed that this is a nationally important population, and its retention on the island is necessary as security for the species. Planning will now take retention of weka into consideration.

Planning is underway for implementation of the operation in the 2017/18 financial year. 



Investigations and Monitoring

Marine reserve report cards

The Department has published the first “marine reserve report cards”, which present a highly condensed summary of the health of marine reserves. The first two report cards are for the Cape Rodney to Okakari Point Marine Reserve (aka the “Leigh” Marine Reserve), and Tawharanui Marine Reserve.


Both report cards signal that trends in the key indicators are stable, except for rock lobster which are declining in both marine reserves. The report cards link through to more detailed information on the Department’s website. This work is funded through the Department’s partnership with Air New Zealand.


For more see: http://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/habitats/marine/marine-protected-areas/marine-reserve-report-cards/



Auckland Council

Hauraki Gulf Forum Strategic Issue

Research and Evaluation


Recent published reports

Long Bay sediment contaminant monitoring: a review of data collected from 1998 to 2013 (Mills, G. N. (TR2016/037)).


The report provides an overview of Auckland Council’s sediment quality monitoring at Long Bay. It includes:

· an outline of the sampling procedures used and a summary of the results

· an assessment of "contaminant status"

· an evaluation of temporal trends

· commentary on the quality of the contaminant data obtained.


Auckland East Coast Subtidal Reef Marine Monitoring Programme: 2007 to 2013 (Shears, N. (TR2017/002)).


This report presents data from annual sampling of shallow subtidal reef communities at Meola Reef, Campbells Bay, Torbay, Long Bay, Manly, Stanmore Bay and Waiwera. In summary, the biological communities on the reefs surveyed have been relatively stable since 2007, and overall species assemblages on the reefs remain similar to when the programme was established in 1999. Other than a general increase in invasive species there were no signs of degradation in reef ecosystems, and in particular no evidence of change at Long Bay in relation to the coastal development. Most changes observed over the sampling period were evident across locations and appear to be driven by regional-scale processes.



Regional Parks

Regional Parks along the east coast are suffering from extremely dry conditions for this time of the year resulting in very high fire risk conditions.

Shakespear Open Sanctuary is due to receive Little Spotted Kiwi on 29 April 2017. A total of 40 birds are planned to be released with 20 due in April and a further 20 birds in 2018.

The single Takahe chick hatched at Tawharanui Open Sanctuary is thriving and is now about three quarters the size of its parents.

Auckland Council is taking back the administration and management of Motukorea/Browns Island from the Department of Conservation after agreement with the government.



Local Boards

Local Boards are focussing on increasing community involvement through funding the following projects or programmes:

· Streamside Assistance Programmes - aimed at increasing the number of kaitiaki impassioned to care for their local streams. Orakei Local Board is funding $20k to the Kohimarama catchment.

· Local boards are working to improve onsite waste water outcomes through funded summer education programmes and free system inspections in key areas (Great Barrier, Waiheke, Sandspit) and improved tracking of E coli (Great Barrier).

· Industrial Pollution Prevention Programme – Howick Local Board has funded $20,000 for IPPP in the Ben Lomond Industrial Area which is located next to Pakuranga Creek at the headwaters of the Tamaki Estuary. This project is a pollution prevention programme as well as waste minimisation.

· Riparian restoration of streams flowing through Council reserve land at Hobson Bay, Kohimarama and Meola.

Waiheke and Great Barrier

Both Waiheke and Great Barrier Local Boards have two new members this term, and are in the process of developing their thinking on the marine environment as part of setting their annual plan budgets, work programmes and the development of their local board plans. It is too early to describe the outcomes of these activities but a more detailed report will be available for the next Forum meeting.

The Waiheke Local Board has received an early draft of an “Ecological survey of Waiheke Island north-west coastline” which is being undertaken by Dr Tim Haggitt in association with the Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust, with a view to assessing suitable locations for Marine Protected Areas.  Further boat work will be undertaken in early February before the final report with recommendations is received.

Waiheke High School as part of its science programme is working with students to assess the viability of commencing shellfish monitoring at Huruhi Bay. The school is keen to involve students in hands-on community science projects which could contribute to the Auckland Council programme on shellfish monitoring in the Gulf.



Policy Plan Development, Regulation and Compliance

Wai Ora- Healthy Waterways/National Policy Statement Freshwater Management

Auckland Council has taken a staged, evolving and agile approach to implementation of the NPSFM, as part of the overall Wai Ora – Healthy Waterways progamme.  In summary, the intention is to improve practice and outcomes generally, including through the delivery of large scale asset management projects, while developing more geographically specific responses.

The Unitary Plan has introduced interim guidance as to the overall region wide outcomes for water, which are driving improved practice and outcomes.

At a more geographically specific level, the Council is developing 10 watershed plans (the majority of which relate to catchments which drain to the Hauraki Gulf), due for completion by June, and is developing associated technical support on an ongoing basis.  Watershed plans will set out the current knowledge of water characteristics and management practices.  The next stage, to be undertaken in the 17-18 financial year is to begin running scenario testing (including costings) in terms of potential future outcomes for each watershed.

Auckland Unitary Plan

(see separate agenda item on Unitary Plan development process, appeals and relationship to the Hauraki Gulf)

Resource Consents - Marine Farm Applications in the Firth of Thames

Council recently received 2 applications for mussel farming and spat catching from Westpac Mussel Distributors. These applications are for 171 and 128ha respectively. The applications are over similar areas subject to spat catching applications by Westpac. Both applications have been rejected.

Council has also received a mussel farming and spat catching application from the Western Firth Consortium. This is for 470ha of farmed space within an area of 640ha. Council has received the application but has not formerly accepted the application for processing. The applicant notes that this application, if granted, would result in the old spat catching applications being withdrawn.

Resource Consents - Kennedy Point Marina

Submissions on the proposal have closed. Council is preparing for a hearing to be held on April 5-8.



Regional Water Initiatives

Auckland Council Healthy Waters department manages a number of larger scale regional projects affecting the Hauraki Gulf i.e. daylighting projects, working with Water Care on stormwater / waste water separation, diverting stormwater runoff from roading network, wetland construction and upgrades and catchment redevelopment projects e.g. Omaru. These projects are valued at approximately $19 million.


WaiCare – 69 Active Groups in the Auckland Region. Wai care is a community water quality monitoring and action programme that supports community members to monitor and take action to protect and/or restore their streams. Sampling is done using the Wai care monitoring kit which is a combination of chemical/physical tests such as pH, water clarity, nitrates and phosphate, and dissolved oxygen - as well as a biological sample of macroinvertebrates.


Regional initiatives to improve onsite waste water outcomes include voluntary targeted rates, and reduced consent fees for targeted catchments.

Inanga Spawning Sites Project 2016 – Inanga spawning sites in Mahurangi River have been identified, and recommendations put forward to Council and the Local Boards for future restoration.



Key Coastal Projects and Operational Matters

Orewa Beach

Council has lodged a resource consent application for a 600m length of rock revetment to protect esplanade reserve along the mid beach.  The application will be publically notified.

Murrays Bay wharf rebuild

The previous 70m long recreational wharf was demolished, and a new replacement wharf was completed in late 2016. This is now open for public usage.

Omaha groynes

Stage 2 of the groyne restacking works has been completed, involving works on the northern, swash and southern groynes.  Further restacking work on the groynes will occur in 2017.

Surf break research project

‘Remote sensing, classification and management guidelines for surf breaks of national and regional significance’, funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment. The three year scientific research project is in its second year. Stakeholder workshops have been held at the seven study sites, with remote camera stations being set up for data collection. This work will result in the development of guidelines for the management and monitoring of surf breaks, aimed at usage by councils, iwi, consultancies, industry, and other affected users.

East coast beaches

Many of the Auckland east coast beaches are showing significant volumes of sand on the upper beaches, with pronounced upper beach berms or bars appearing on the higher energy beaches. This is likely due to an extended period of relatively low wave energies, and smaller long period swells which result in accretion. This, in combination with low rainfall, has also resulted in stream mouth blockages.



Marine Biosecurity

Auckland Council’s cross-council working party continues to identify opportunities for improved marine biosecurity outcomes, in relation to Unitary Plan provisions.  Work also continues on a pan-regional and national basis, to improve coordination and support actions by regional, national and non-governmental parties.



Ministry for Primary Industries

Hauraki Gulf Forum Strategic Issue

Policy and Plan Development, Regulation and Compliance



Enhanced  fisheries

Fisheries Operational Review of the Fisheries Management System

The Future of our Fisheries programme provides an opportunity to maximise the benefits we receive from our oceans, while protecting our resources for future generations of New Zealanders. The programme involves three strategic proposals which represent significant enhancements to our fisheries management system, and two regulatory change proposals, namely Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting and Enabling Innovative Trawl Technologies. 

Submissions closed on 23 December. MPI received over 420 submissions. 

Submissions addressed the full suite of strategic policy proposals (Maximising Value, Better Fisheries Information, Agile and Responsive Decision-Making) plus the two specific regulatory change proposals to enable the implementation of the Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System and Enabling Innovative Trawl Technology.

Officials are currently working to summarize these.

MPI will be providing the Minister with advice on the two regulatory change proposals. The Minister expects to make decisions on them, and seek Cabinet’s agreement, so that amended regulations are in place by 1 July next year to come into effect at the start of the next fishing year – 1 October.

In regard to the strategic proposals, MPI consider this submission process as a starting point for further conversations. The Minister is very interested in submissions on these high level proposals, and MPI will be seeking further feedback from stakeholders as more specific change proposals are developed. 

A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) was appointed in late 2016 to provide independent advice to the MPI Director-General on the Future of our Fisheries programme. A comprehensive description of the role of the TAG is contained in the Terms of Reference, available on MPI’s website

At the initial meeting of the TAG on November 8, 2016, the group decided they would like to independently speak to key iwi groups and stakeholders from the environmental, recreational and commercial sectors. Invitations to these meetings were sent out by the Chair of the TAG before Christmas. These meetings will take place in Wellington in late February and in Auckland in early March 2017. MPI will provide secretariat services at these meetings. The TAG has requested a draft Summary of Submissions to support these meetings.

MPI has placed the Terms of Reference for the TAG on the MPI Future of our Fisheries webpage. 

Sustainability review

MPI engages on Total Allowable Catch and deemed value reviews.

Each year, MPI reviews catch limits and other management controls for selected stocks. This occurs twice a year to inform decisions for the 1 April and 1 October fishing years. This is consistent with the requirement that MPI ensures fisheries resources are used sustainably.

No 1 April stocks in the Forum area are being reviewed in 2017. Proposals are available at http://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/?opened=1, with submissions closing during February 2017.

Shellfish Bed Closures

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


Snapper 1

A long-term plan for the future management of New Zealand’s most valuable snapper fishery has been accepted by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

The Snapper 1 Management Plan is the result of more than two years hard work by the SNA1 Strategy Group, which is made up of members from the customary, recreational and commercial fishing sectors.

A draft plan was released in September this year and went out for public discussion, including public meetings and hui.

The final report has a strong focus on improving fishing practices, minimising waste and gathering accurate information. The recommendations include:

· Aiming to achieve a biomass target of 40 per cent of the unfished state by 2040, with an aim of 30 per cent by 2025.

· A review conducted by 2021 with updated stock information.

· Educate all fishers on ways to avoid juvenile fish and increase survival rates of snapper released.

· Close monitoring including analysis of catch levels by all sectors.

The group was chaired by Sir Ian Barker QC with three members each from the commercial, recreational and customary sectors. Officials from MPI and NIWA scientists also supported the group. Establishing this SNA1 Strategy Group was an important part of the changes announced by Minister Guy in 2013 to continue the rebuild of the Snapper 1 stock for future generations.

The report to be a living document so that people can continue to input and give feedback. An advisory group with representatives from all sectors will continue the group’s work. A full copy of the report is available at http://www.mpi.govt.nz/document-vault/13801


The black petrel breeding season is well underway and the MPI observer program began deploying observers on vessels in the snapper and bluenose bottom longline (BLL) fishery from October last year. The main objective is to monitor protected species captures, particularly seabirds, in this fishery. The information collected from this program will be used to inform the New Zealand seabird risk assessment. Work is also underway to assess the use of Electronic Monitoring as an effective tool for monitoring seabird captures in a collaboration between the Black Petrel Working Group (BPWG) and MPI.

The seabird liaison officer program, jointly funded by DOC and MPI, has commenced in FMA 1 BLL fisheries. All skippers are being contacted to ensure their seabird management plans are fit for purpose to ensure effective seabird mitigation. Improved communication between the MPI observer team and MPI fisheries compliance will also help to ensure consistent messaging around the requirements for the use of seabird mitigation.


The BPWG continues to focus on developing a communications plan to publicise the collaborative work that is occurring in the group. The next meeting is scheduled for the middle of February.



Waikato Regional Council

Hauraki Gulf Forum Strategic Issue

Policy and Plan Development, Regulation and Compliance




The Coromandel Marine Farming Zone

Waikato Regional Council has opened the tender round for 240 hectares of 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.



Investigation and Monitoring


Coastal water quality monitoring for contact recreation

Waikato Regional Council is monitoring nine open coast beaches over the summer months to assess their suitability for recreation such as swimming or surfing. We monitor these beaches weekly from November to March following the national recreational water quality guidelines. Seven of these locations are within the Hauraki Gulf: Buffalo Beach (Whitianga), Hot Water Beach, Tairua, Pauanui, Onemana, Whagamata, and Whiritoa.

Results are updated weekly on our website and published to the national environmental data reporting platform Land and Water Aotearoa.

Monitoring to date has shown that water quality in the Waikato Region is high and typically well within guideline values.

Coromandel streams investigation

In January and February 2015, WRC investigated the water quality at several stream mouths throughout the Coromandel. We found that some of these water bodies were particularly susceptible to contaminants (excess nutrients and faecal bacteria) that are washed from the surrounding land, particularly 24–48 hours after heavy rainfall (waikatoregion.govt.nz/tr201607).

WRC is conducting a more comprehensive follow up study during January and February 2017 in four catchments - Stewart Stream (Opito Bay), Kuaotunu, Taputapuatea Stream (Mother Brown; Whitianga), Pepe Stream (Tairua]) - to further identify potential causes of contamination. The study is designed to identify the source of contamination within the catchment and whether it is human or ruminant animal (e.g. cattle, sheep, goats, and deer) derived. It will also investigate how the concentration and source of contamination might change during dry and wet weather and during spring and neap tides.

The findings from this investigation will be published on the WRC website in mid-2017.

The findings from this study will help us to better understand the range and source of contamination at these locations following different weather and tide events. This will help us to develop targeted investigations and responses to coastal water quality issues throughout the Waikato region. It may also inform the development of catchment management initiatives if there are opportunities to reduce contamination into these streams.

Marine biodiversity stocktake of the Waikato region 2015

WRC has published a stocktake of information on marine biodiversity in the Waikato region. The report covers different ecological groups (benthic communities, estuarine and coastal vegetation, fish, birds and marine mammals) and four subtidal biogenic habitats that are known to be of specific importance for these ecological groups (rhodolith beds, shellfish beds, seagrass beds and sponge gardens). For each ecological group the report provides an inventory of completed surveys and information on the presence of particular species and/or habitats. The sections subsequently provide information on vulnerable life stages of species and the sensitivity of species and/or habitats to specific pressures. For each of the subtidal biogenic habitats a general description is provided followed by information on their known distribution in the Waikato Coastal Marine Area, their importance for biodiversity and pressures on these habitats. 

The report is available at: https://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/services/publications/technical-reports/tr/tr201548

A review of the impacts from invasion by the introduced kelp Undaria pinnatifida

WRC has published a review of the impacts from Undaria invasion to improve the ability of those managing impacts from marine invasive species to appropriately define (and weight) risks associated with Undaria invasion.

It concludes that Undaria invasion can modify intertidal and subtidal communities and that impacts can occur across all trophic levels. While there are knowledge gaps, enough evidence is available to warrant real concern over Undaria invasion and the subsequent ecological impacts on native communities.


The report is available at: https://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/services/publications/technical-reports/2016-technical-reports/tr201640



Operations and Asset Management


Marine biosecurity

Planning for the 2017 Annual Sabella survey will commence in the next few months. The purpose of the survey is to check 150 random points in and around the Coromandel harbour for the presence of Sabella. Should the unwanted organism be found at any of these sites, it is removed and delimiting is carried out to ensure the area is clear of Sabella.

Results from the 2016 Sabella survey (range and removal of worms) of Coromandel harbour indicate the spread of Sabella has increased within the harbour, and is now at high densities. This new information is likely to impact management activities going forward. Council and MPI are currently investigating options.

Council is working with Bay of Plenty Regional Council to undertake marine biosecurity surveillance on the Coromandel. The purpose of the survey is to understand the range of pests to allow for better management of the issue; quick response increases likelihood of eradication.

Council continues to be a member of the Top of the North Marine Biosecurity Partnership. In this partnership is NRC, BOPRC, Auckland Council, Gisborne Council and MPI. Hawkes Bay RC attended the first meeting of 2017.

Two research projects have been funded this financial year to a) better understand how to destroy Sabella, and b) to increase understanding the biology of Sabella to aid in the management of this unwanted organism. The latter project is jointly funded by WRC, NRC, BOPRC, AC, MPI and Coromandel mussel farm association.

Preliminary market research is underway of Waikato region mooring holder’s awareness, attitude, and behaviours around fouling and antifouling of vessels (key to managing the spread of the invasive marine pests). 



Consents and Compliance


Mercury Bay Seawalls

Three consent applications are currently being processed for erosion protection structures in Mercury Bay, namely Flaxmill Bay (new structure), Buffalo Beach (existing structure) and Ohuka Reserve (partly existing and new structures including a groyne). The applications are currently on hold awaiting further information. Another application is expected to be lodged to renew the consent for the ‘homeowners’ seawall adjacent to Ohuka reserve.




Marine Farm Monitoring

Follow-up audits for Wilson Bay Area A and B marine farms were undertaken in December 2016. The main compliance issue related to incomplete marking and lighting of the marine farming blocks including missing cardinal marks. The consent holders were directed to erect and/or repair the marks immediately. A follow-up site visit will be undertaken to ensure remedial actions have been undertaken.



Development Progress at Wilson Bay Area B

In September 2016 Waikato Regional Council approved a request by many Wilson Bay Area B marine farmers to progress to Stage 2 development.





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Item 4.1      Attachment a    Mr Lee's blog regarding the Tamaki Estuary  Page 87

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[1] Seachange Tai Timu Tai Pari, Marine Spatial Plan; page 202

[2] https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/ministers-welcome-release-sea-change-plan