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

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Monday, 19 August 2019

1:00pm

Reception Lounge
Auckland Town Hall
301-305 Queen Street
Auckland

Hauraki Gulf Forum

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Mr John Meeuwsen

Waiheke Local Board (Auckland Council)

Deputy Chairperson

Ms Moana Tamaariki-Pohe

Tangata Whenua

Members

Mr Andrew Baucke

Department of Conservation

 

Mr Jeff Cleave

Great Barrier Local Board (Auckland Council)

 

Cr Paul Cronin

Matamata-Piako District Council

 

Cr Christine Fletcher

Auckland Council

 

Mayor Sandra Goudie

Thames-Coromandel District Council

 

Mr Steve Halley

Ministry for Primary Industries

 

Cr Richard Hills

Auckland Council

 

Mr Terrence Hohneck

Tangata Whenua

 

Cr Mike Lee

Auckland Council

 

Ms Nicola MacDonald

Tangata Whenua

 

Mr Paul Majurey

Tangata Whenua

 

Mr Martin Mariassouce

Te Puni Kōkiri

 

Cr Rob McGuire

Waikato District Council

 

Cr Dal Minogue

Waikato Regional Council

 

Ms Liane Ngamane

Tangata Whenua

 

Mr Dean Ogilvie

Tangata Whenua

 

Mayor John Tregidga

Hauraki District Council

 

Cr Wayne Walker

Auckland Council

 

Cr John Watson

Auckland Council

 

(Quorum 11 members)

 

 

 

Mike Giddey

Governance Advisor

 

13 August 2019

 

Contact Telephone: 027 221 7183

Email: mike.giddey@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 

 

 

 


Selected extracts from the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000

 

3          Purpose

 

The purpose of this Act is to—

 

(a)  integrate the management of the natural, historic, and physical resources of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments:

(b)  establish the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park:

(c)   establish objectives for the management of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments:

(d)  recognise the historic, traditional, cultural, and spiritual relationship of the tangata whenua with the Hauraki Gulf and its islands:

(e)  establish the Hauraki Gulf Forum.

 

Part 1  Management of Hauraki Gulf

 

7          Recognition of national significance of Hauraki Gulf

 

(1) The interrelationship between the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments and the ability of that interrelationship to sustain the life-supporting capacity of the environment of the Hauraki Gulf and its islands are matters of national significance.

(2) The life-supporting capacity of the environment of the Gulf and its islands includes the capacity—

(a) to provide for—

(i) the historic, traditional, cultural, and spiritual relationship of the tangata whenua of the Gulf with the Gulf and its islands; and

(ii) the social, economic, recreational, and cultural well-being of people and communities:

(b) to use the resources of the Gulf by the people and communities of the Gulf and New Zealand for economic activities and recreation:

(c) to maintain the soil, air, water, and ecosystems of the Gulf.

 

8          Management of Hauraki Gulf

 

To recognise the national significance of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments, the objectives of the management of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments are—

 

(a)  the protection and, where appropriate, the enhancement of the life-supporting capacity of the environment of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments:

(b)  the protection and, where appropriate, the enhancement of the natural, historic, and physical resources of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments:

(c)   the protection and, where appropriate, the enhancement of those natural, historic, and physical resources (including kaimoana) of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments with which tangata whenua have an historic, traditional, cultural, and spiritual relationship:

(d)  the protection of the cultural and historic associations of people and communities in and around the Hauraki Gulf with its natural, historic, and physical resources:

(e)  the maintenance and, where appropriate, the enhancement of the contribution of the natural, historic, and physical resources of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments to the social and economic well-being of the people and communities of the Hauraki Gulf and New Zealand:


 

(f)    the maintenance and, where appropriate, the enhancement of the natural, historic, and physical resources of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments, which contribute to the recreation and enjoyment of the Hauraki Gulf for the people and communities of the Hauraki Gulf and New Zealand.

 

Part 2  Hauraki Gulf Forum

 

15        Purposes of Forum

 

The Forum has the following purposes:

 

(a)  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:

(b)  to facilitate communication, co-operation, and co-ordination on matters relating to the statutory functions of the constituent parties in relation to the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments, and the Forum:

(c)   to recognise the historic, traditional, cultural, and spiritual relationship of tangata whenua with the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and, where appropriate, its catchments.

 

16        Establishment of Forum

 

(1) A body called the Hauraki Gulf Forum is established.

 

(2) The Forum consists of the following representatives:

 

(a)  1 representative appointed by the Minister:

(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 boards.

 

(3) The representatives appointed in accordance with subsection (2)(d) or (5) must be members of the local authority elected in accordance with the Local Electoral Act 2001.


 

17        Functions of Forum

 

(1) To promote sections 7 and 8, the Forum has the following functions in relation to the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments:

 

(a)  to prepare a list of strategic issues, determine a priority for action on each issue, and regularly review that list:

(b)  to facilitate and encourage co-ordinated financial planning, where possible, by the constituent parties:

(c)   to obtain, share, and monitor information on the state of the natural and physical resources:

(d)  to receive reports on the completion and implementation of deeds of recognition:

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

(f)    to receive reports from the tangata whenua of the Hauraki Gulf on the development and implementation of iwi management or development plans:

(g)  to 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):

(h)  to promote and advocate the integrated management and, where appropriate, the sustainable management of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments:

(i)    to encourage, share, co-ordinate where appropriate, and disseminate educational and promotional material:

(j)    to 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:

(k)   to commission research into matters relating to the functions of the Forum.

 

(2) When carrying out its functions under subsection (1), 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.

 

18        Powers of Forum

 

(1) The Forum has the powers that are reasonably necessary to carry out its functions.

 

(2) The Forum’s powers include the powers—

 

(a) to consider issues related to its purpose; and

(b) to receive reports from constituent parties; and

(c) to make recommendations to constituent parties; and

(d) to advise any person who requests the Forum’s advice; and

(e) to commission or undertake those activities that are necessary to achieve its purpose.

 

(3) The Forum must not—

 

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

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

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 

ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                         PAGE

Whakatau – Karakia/mihi

 

1          Apologies                                                                                                                        9

2          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   9

3          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                               9

4          Public Forum                                                                                                                  9

5          Extraordinary Business                                                                                                9

6          Southern Cross NEXT Cable                                                                                      11

7          Chairperson's Report                                                                                                  13

8          Transition Plan                                                                                                             17

9          2020 Meeting Dates, Venues and Forward Work Programme                                19

10        Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari                                                                                    21

11        Big Goals Follow-Up                                                                                                    23

12        Communications Strategy Follow-Up                                                                       31

13        Constituent Party Reports                                                                                          35

14        Executive Officer's Report                                                                                          77

15        Consideration of Extraordinary Items 

 

Whakawātea

 


1          Apologies

An apology from Member J Cleave has 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, 20 May 2019, as a true and correct record.

 

4          Public Forum

See Item 6 on page 11 of the agenda.

 

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.”


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 

Southern Cross NEXT Cable

File No.: CP2019/14909

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       Mike McGrath and Justin Rae from Spark New Zealand will present on the Southern Cross NEXT Cable.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The following text was provided by Spark New Zealand.

3.       The existing Southern Cross Cable Network was established in 2000 to provide a fully protected (dual paths) high capacity fibre-optic submarine cable link between Australasia and the United States West Coast.  The cable is the prime connection for New Zealand, carrying approximately 98% of our communication with the rest of the world. The cable is expected to be retired within the next decade. Southern Cross NEXT is a new cable network designed as the first stage of a long-term replacement strategy.

4.       As with the existing cable, Southern Cross NEXT is proposed to provide connectivity between Australia, New Zealand, several Pacific Islands and the United States. As much as possible the new network will utilise existing New Zealand infrastructure which includes the beach man hole at Takapuna Beach and the existing cable landing station in Takapuna. Within the inner Hauraki Gulf the new cable is proposed to be laid within the existing cable protection area – Area 2 – Hauraki Gulf.

5.       Spark is a founding shareholder of Southern Cross Cable Ltd, the landing party who operates and maintains the cable in NZ waters and will be the landing party for Southern Cross NEXT. Alcatel Submarine Networks have been appointed as the lead supplier for Southern Cross NEXT and are presently undertaking detailed design of the cable network. Environmental research is being conducted as part of an assessment of effects, for an expected notified RMA application, which may be lodged in late 2019/early 2020.

6.       Spark have requested the opportunity to present an outline of the Southern Cross NEXT proposal to the Hauraki Gulf Forum, as an initial step of stakeholder engagement. We seek the forum’s feedback on the high-level proposal and in particular guidance of what further engagement with interested parties would be appropriate.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note the presentation by Spark New Zealand and thank the presenters for their attendance.

 

 


 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Alex Rogers - Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum

Authoriser

Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 

Chairperson's Report

File No.: CP2019/14910

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an update from the Chairperson.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       As I write my final report as Chair of the Forum, I have to say I am personally disappointed that I will not be able to continue helping to improve the state of the Gulf through the Forum. There are now many opportunities to do so that are now in evidence. The most important of these opportunities is the increasing awareness by the wider community of the need for significant restorative action and protection. I was struck, for example, by the attitude of the Mayor and District Councillors at Matamata Piako who, when we met all of them a couple of months ago, were very clear about the need for their council to help improve the state of the Gulf even though they have no coastline. They recognise that a healthy Gulf is their birth right as much as that of any residents nearer the coast and they often come to enjoy the Gulf’s many attractions.

3.       There is now widespread commitment to environmental restoration and protection of the Gulf such as the massive efforts being put into pest eradication, weed control and replanting on dozens of the islands in its waters. Almost all but the two largest islands are now pest free, providing a haven for one of the richest sea and land bird regions in the world. “Pest Free Waiheke”, now underway, will add to this improving picture and is a good example of funding for a community project by a consortium of local and central government and private funders. I believe the many Trusts devoted to restoring the natural environment on Gulf islands should consciously add attention to the surrounding waters to their objectives.  Combined, they could make a major contribution to improving habitats in the surrounding waters. The Neureuter family, owners of the Noises Islands, is showing the way on this by actively seeking to secure meaningful protection around the islands. They are facilitating visits to the Noises by a wide range of people and organisations to demonstrate the opportunities for restoration and are working with researchers and activists to document the current state of habitats and marine life around the Noises to provide a basis for measuring the effects of protection when it is granted.

4.       There are also many and varied shellfish and marine habitat restoration projects being undertaken but these are as yet small in scale. Over the past year we have attended many meetings of organisations committed to these efforts and have been in awe of the commitment and persistence of their members. Their efforts need to be bolstered financially.  There is a big opportunity here for philanthropists to fund community efforts, supported by enthusiastic academicians and professional environmental organisations. My personal hope is for a philanthropic contribution of $5 million per year for 20 years to shellfish-bed restoration. 

5.       Meanwhile, regional and district councils in the Gulf’s catchments are showing increasing commitment to improving the state of the Gulf through efforts to clean up the waters and waste materials flowing into it and, more recently, cleaning up or strengthening the shoreline.  Many of the land-based activities have the active support of, or are being led by, the Department of Conservation. 

 

6.       Many organisations and individuals involved in working for restoration of the Gulf have been further energised by the adoption of the Forum’s two “Big Goals”.  This is very gratifying.  And timely. These goals are focused on restoring marine habitats to enable marine life to regain its ability to restore the kind of abundance remembered by tangata whenua and older pākehās. Marine habitat restoration work has had less attention compared to land based, “in view”, activities and needs a big spur going forward. 

7.       The establishment of the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari Marine Spatial Plan completed in May 2017 should ensure there is more attention given to the recommendations in that Plan by central government. In due course, resulting actions by central government will complement the work already being undertaken by regional and local government in response to that report. Fisheries NZ is already beginning to commit to the improvements sorely needed and I trust they will begin to be active in facilitating strategic protection areas, reducing the impact of habitat destroying fishing methods, and managing fish stock levels more proactively in the Gulf than has been evident over the past 3-4 decades.

8.       The Sea Change report reminded us that the many iwi with a direct connection to the Hauraki Gulf were and are involved in Treaty negotiations and that settlements will enable them to focus on greater involvement in the management of the natural resources of its waters. The full involvement of iwi will be essential if we are to achieve the meaningful protection needed to meet the goals we have set and their aspirations for the Gulf. There is therefore a need for much more active engagement with the relevant iwi. Deputy Chair Moana Tamaariki-Pohe has been working with Te Puni Kōkiri and tangata whenua representatives who are members of the Forum to improve this interaction and it forms a major part of our recently adopted Communications Strategy. In that context, we will ensure the next State of the Environment Report from the Forum, due to be released on its 20th anniversary on 27 February 2020, will systematically incorporate the Te Ao Māori perspective throughout. 

9.       All that said, as I looked over the key achievements of the Forum since its inception in this year’s annual report, I note that the aspirations expressed for the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act in the year 2000 still fall a long way short of what’s needed. There are lots of good reasons for this and I have no wish to imply criticism of any individual or organisation involved in the Forum or the Gulf. I merely note that we must make the most of the quite significant new opportunities coming up in the next few years, such as the prospective commitment from central government to the Seachange recommendations; the Americas Cup defence; Te Matatini in 2021, and so on. Through these and applying the communications strategy, we can highlight the need for more and more effective action to restore the fantastic taonga that is Tīkapa Moana in a reasonable timeframe. 

10.     Finally, I would like to thank Forum members, and particularly Deputy Chair Moana, for the support they have given me during my time as Chair. Katina Comonos and Alex Rogers have been fantastic as Executive Officers in their devotion to the cause and the expertise they have applied to the varied tasks entailed. Alex is fast establishing a wide network and knowledge that will no doubt translate into an ability to make a significant contribution to the Forum’s work in the time ahead. I’d also like to pay tribute to the Technical Officers and the other staff of constituent parties of the Forum who have embraced the strategic issues and Big Goals with enthusiasm and hard work. In particular, Ben Bunting and Dave Allen have provided important leadership in supporting the Forum.


 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note the report.

b)      thank John Meeuwsen for his service as Chairperson of the Hauraki Gulf Forum.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.    

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

John Meeuwsen - Chairperson, Hauraki Gulf Forum

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 

Transition Plan

File No.: CP2019/14916

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       The terms of the current Chair and Deputy both conclude in mid-October 2019. This paper recommends that an Interim Chair be appointed to guide the Forum through the October 2019 – February 2020 period, prior to the appointment of a new Chair and Deputy at the February 2020 meeting.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The current Chair will formally stand down as of mid-October 2019, coinciding with the publication of the Local Body election results. At the same time, the current Deputy Chair’s appointment formally concludes on 12 October 2019 (as per Resolutions HGF/2018/36 and HGF/2018/37).

3.       From mid-October 2019 until the first Forum meeting of 2020 (the ‘Interim Period’), the Forum would benefit from an Interim Chair to guide the Forum’s work, including representing the Forum externally.

4.       This paper proposes that the current Deputy Chair, Ms Moana Tamaariki-Pohe, be appointed as Interim Chair for the Interim Period above. Ms Tamaariki-Pohe was recently re-appointed to the Forum by the Minister for a further 18 months, is well suited to provide the required leadership and stability during this period and is prepared to fulfil this function with the Forum’s support.

5.       At the same time, it is important to also settle on the procedure for the formal election of a new Chair and Deputy at the first Forum meeting of 2020. This can only occur once the Local Body election results are known and Local Body members have been appointed to the Forum.

6.       The following election procedure is proposed:

-     January 2020 – Executive Officer calls for nominations for the positions of Chair and Deputy.

-     February 2020 – no later than 2 weeks prior to the first Forum meeting of 2020, Executive Officer circulates nominations to members for consideration.

-     First Forum Meeting of 2020 (likely 17 February, pending discussion of the paper on 2020 Meeting Dates) – Chair and Deputy appointed.

If positions are contested, members will vote by hand for their preferred candidate with the most preferred candidate appointed. Only one round of voting would be held.

If positions are uncontested, those candidates will be appointed. 

7.       It is suggested that the terms of office for the new Chair and Deputy appointed in 2020 be until the next local body elections (i.e. late 2022) unless the member appointed has a term that ends prior to that date, in which case their appointment would be for the remainder of their term.

8.       A separate paper, 2020 Meeting Dates and Venues, covers the proposed induction of new office holders and members.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      agree to appoint Ms Moana Tamaariki-Pohe as Interim Chair for the period between mid-October 2019 and the first Forum meeting of 2020. 

b)      agree to hold elections for the positions of Chair and Deputy during the first Forum meeting of 2020.

c)      agree that the term for the next Chair and Deputy be until the next Local Body elections, i.e. late-2022, or the conclusion of their individual term, whichever is earlier.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.    

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Alex Rogers - Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum

Authoriser

Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 

2020 Meeting Dates, Venues and Forward Work Programme

File No.: CP2019/15038

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To confirm arrangements for 2020 in terms of the Forum’s meeting dates, venues, and its forward work programme.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

Meeting Dates and Venues

2.       The proposed schedule for 2020 follows the familiar practice of the Forum: of quarterly meetings held on Mondays from 1pm. However, it begins with a suggested informal induction session in late January/early February for new and existing members.

3.       Meeting dates selected have been informed by the maramataka (lunar calendar).

4.       2020 Meetings and venues are suggested as follows:

-     Informal induction session

Late January/early February (TBC).

Venue: informal setting next to the moana (exact venue TBC).

-      Formal meetings – quarterly on Mondays from 1pm

17 February

§ Tangaroa-ā-roto. This is a good productive day on the maramataka (vs 24 February, which would ordinarily have been selected, which is Whiro, where motivation is low).

§ Venue: Auckland Town Hall

25 May

§ Hoata. A good time to start & finish projects.

§ Venue: Matamata-Piako District Council Chambers, Te Aroha (to be re-confirmed after Local Body Elections)

24 August

§ Ōkoro. Focus and motivation is still optimal.

§ Venue: Auckland Town Hall

30 November

§ Ōturu. A good day to finalise those big decisions.

§ Venue: Outside of Auckland CBD (Venue TBC)

5.       In addition, given Cabinet meets on Mondays, there is a possibility of workshops with Ministers outside of those formal meeting dates, plus the annual Conference, and other activities associated with the 20th birthday of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park (27 February 2020).

 

6.       The Executive Officer will also call quarterly meetings of Technical Officers, in line with the Terms of Reference for the role of Technical Officer, with two of those four also outside Auckland CBD. Technical Officer meetings are anticipated in January (likely by teleconference), April, July and October.

Forward Work Programme

7.       It is anticipated that the first meeting of 2020 will be focused on the 20th birthday of the Marine Park, the release of the 2020 State of the Environment Report, and the election of a new Chair and Deputy.

8.       In addition to an ongoing focus on the Strategic Issues, Big Goals, and Constituent Party Reporting, it is suggested – subject to the views of the new leadership and membership in 2020 – that other thematic issues to pick up in 2020 could include aquaculture, climate change, and agriculture, with the potential to dedicate a session on one of those topics at each of the final three meetings of the year.

9.       The Forum will also need to be responsive to and well connected with external processes, most notably the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari, the Shellfish Restoration Coordination Group, and America’s Cup Leverage and Legacy workstreams. It is important that the Forum continues to build on its engagement with central government, is part of key conversations relating to the Marine Park and is a partner that ensures the national significance of the Marine Park is recognised.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      agree the 2020 meeting schedule outlined in this report.

b)      note the potential forward work programme.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.    

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Alex Rogers - Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum

Authoriser

Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 

Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari

File No.: CP2019/14917

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To update the Forum on work connected to the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari Marine Spatial Plan.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Three presentations will be received from:

-     Department of Conservation and/or Fisheries NZ regarding the recently established Ministerial Advisory Committee, which will provide expert advice to central government on its Government Response Strategy to Sea Change;

-     Auckland Council’s Sea Change Political Reference Group; and

-     Waikato Regional Council.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note the presentations received and thank the presenters for their attendance.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.    

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Alex Rogers - Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum

Authoriser

Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 

Big Goals Follow-Up

File No.: CP2019/14918

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       The Forum resolved to recommend two big goals on marine protection and shellfish restoration at the May 2019 meeting. This report considers how they can be taken forward.

2.       The suggested approach is careful to situate the big goals within the overall Strategic Issues adopted in November 2018 and avoid duplication with efforts and responsibilities of constituent parties, as well as other relevant external processes.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

3.       Under s17 of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000, the Forum is tasked with preparing a list of strategic issues, determining priority among those issues, and regularly reviewing that list. The most recent reset of the Forum’s Strategic Issues occurred in November 2018, with the Forum adopting the following list:

-     Improving integrated management through collaborative planning, informed decision-making and credible action.

Strategic issues under this priority are:

§ Central government engagement

§ Tangata Whenua participation

§ Forum operations

-     Restoring water quality values through addressing land use activities that degrade those values.

Strategic issues under this priority are:

§ Sedimentation

§ Coastal development and urbanisation

§ Water quality

-     Recognising those critical marine values and ecosystems through advocating for protection, restoration and enhancement.

Strategic issues under this priority are:

§ Marine protected areas

§ Biodiversity loss/reduction

§ Marine contaminants

4.       The Forum also has the power to make recommendations to its Constituent Parties, and in May 2019 recommended two ambitious long-term goals, consistent with its Strategic Issues, for the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park:

-     That at least 20% of the waters be protected; and

-     That 1000sqkm of shellfish-beds and reefs be restored.


 

5.       Those big goals should be seen within the context of the Forum’s Water Quality and Marine Ecosystem strategic issues. It should also be noted that constituent parties have provided reporting relevant to the big goals in the past, for example the November 2018 report on marine protection, and that several constituent parties have roles and responsibilities in that regard (see Executive Officer’s Report – Matrix of Constituent Parties and Strategic Issues).

6.       In addition, it is important to acknowledge the importance of the partnership with tangata whenua and role of the Forum in recognising the historic, traditional, cultural and spiritual relationship of tangata whenua with the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and, where appropriate, its catchments. We have therefore had the big goals announcement and strategic issues reset translated into Te Reo and a version in both Te Reo and English is being distributed by the Forum with Te Puni Kōkiri also circulating it to interested parties through its local contact database (Attachment A).

7.       More broadly, community engagement on the big goals will be critical. That is why this year’s Seminar is being run as an interactive Conference on 27 August 2019, with community engagement on the two goals at its core.

8.       In addition, taking forward the goals needs to also consider two ongoing external processes:

Government Response Strategy to Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari Marine Spatial Plan

9.       The government recently announced the establishment of a Ministerial Advisory Committee to provide expert advice to the Ministers of Conservation and Fisheries as they consider a Government Response Strategy to Sea Change. The Committee has a 12-month window (until mid-2020, though this can be extended).

10.     As part of its work the Committee will consider Sea Change’s recommendations, inter alia, on marine protection and shellfish restoration, and we understand from the Minister, also the Forum’s big goals. It is worth noting that Sea Change’s proposed additional Type 1 and Type 2 protected areas add up to roughly 20% additional protection, so there is strong synergy between Sea Change’s proposals on protection and the Forum’s goal in that regard.

Shellfish Restoration Coordination Group

11.     This initiative of The Nature Conservancy brings together key central government, local government, mana whenua and community stakeholders to try and provide a coordinating environment for future shellfish restoration work. The Group is currently in its initial stages and has welcomed the Forum’s shellfish restoration goal. The next meeting of the Group is planned for late-August, following the Forum’s Conference at which shellfish restoration will be a focus.

Way forward with respect to external processes

12.     It is suggested that in respect of both the Government Response Strategy to Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari Marine Spatial Plan, and the Shellfish Restoration Coordination Group, that the Forum works with both processes while maintaining its statutory independence. The Forum should be proactive, supportive and engaged, fulfilling its role to promote integrated management of the Marine Park, while drawing attention as needed to the important roles and responsibilities of its Constituent Parties, including work already undertaken and the broad range of tools available to take forward the two goals.

13.     At present, there is no reason to duplicate either of those external processes by setting up working groups under the Forum. However, the Forum should reserve the right to do so should there be concerns with the conduct or direction of those external processes.


 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      request that the Ministers of Conservation and Fisheries provide regular updates on progress towards the Government’s Response Strategy to Sea Change, including through presentations at Forum meetings by the Ministerial Advisory Committee Co-Chairs.

b)      request that the Shellfish Restoration Coordination Group provide regular updates on progress, including through presentations at Forum meetings.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Tikapa Moana Update August 2019

27

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Alex Rogers - Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum

Authoriser

Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 


 


 


 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 

Communications Strategy Follow-Up

File No.: CP2019/14919

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       This report suggests a response to each of the recommendations from the recently completed Communications Strategy.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       At its meeting in November 2018, the Forum resolved to develop a Communications Strategy. Through March and April 2019, an external consultant undertook a review of the Forum’s communications and made a number of recommendations which formed the basis of a Communications Strategy. A draft was presented to the May 2019 meeting of the Forum, with a final draft presented in June taking into account feedback received.

3.       Overall, the Communications Strategy suggested that the Forum could be bolder in its communication and strive to reach a wider audience around the Hauraki Gulf – particularly outside of Auckland and among mana whenua. It also suggested that the Forum could make better efforts to engage through social media.

4.       This report suggests that the Forum can and should implement most of the recommendations, either with immediate effect or over a longer time period. A small number of recommendations are either adjusted or not suggested for implementation, largely due to budgetary or capacity constraints.

5.       The following table sets out each of the recommendations and the suggested response:

Recommendation

Response

Create a bold State of our Environment 2020 report and show leadership in highlighting key subjects that will ignite public discussion, while also providing audacious solutions to some of the larger issues facing the Gulf.

 

Yes. This is exactly the sort of report which the Forum has resolved will be presented on the 20th birthday of the Marine Park next year. The Executive Officer’s Report updates members on progress in this regard.

Create an innovative, relevant and informative conference by inviting a diverse range of speakers, crossing a number of sectors, including the fishing industry and community, and representatives from outside of Auckland.

 

Yes. We are working hard to ensure the 2019 edition, which will be held on 27 August, is inclusive. With more time ahead of the 2020 edition we can go to even greater lengths for next year’s conference.

Refresh the Gulf Journal. Refresh the storytelling methods and procedures, utilise multimedia tools and deliver a wider scope of communications to support robust discussion.

 

 

Yes. We are looking to do more unique content and adding a regular podcast to capture some of the wonderful mahi being done around the Marine Park, particularly among the Gulf’s coastal and island communities.

Merge the Gulf Journal and Hauraki Gulf Forum websites and create a new single platform at www.haurakigulfforum.org.nz

 

Potentially. This has cost implications and would impact initially on search engine optimisation. The existing Auckland Council website, while not the most functional, has wide reach. And the Gulf Journal has a loyal and established user base. We will look into this further over time.

Target the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Poster as the young person’s version of the State of the Environment report, and adjust the creative aesthetic away from paint to digital.

 

Yes. The poster has always been targeted at a youth audience, but we will take steps to ensure that is further increased through links to augmented and virtual reality, and video/audio content. We will explore the move away from paint to digital for the underlying artwork, though do plan to retain the paint & digital combination for the 2020 poster given it is an important 20th anniversary year and the poster and SoER need to be aligned in terms of their key messages.

Create a media kit to distribute to key stakeholder organisations for the 20th Anniversary of the Marine Park.

 

Yes. We will work with DoC on this. We have already started to have conversations with media outlets about the 20th birthday. 

Work with stakeholders and partners to offer a week-long activation of the moana.

 

Not yet. This would take considerable resource but is something we would like to consider further over time. At present there is already an annual Seaweek hosted by NZAEE which comprises dozens of events nationwide.

Host a Tīkapa Moana Awards Ceremony.

 

Potentially. We already do this, but as the ‘Holdaway Awards’ at the annual conference. We will explore further what it would mean to transition to a new style of awards ceremony. We are also conscious of the fact that there are already many environmental or community awards run by other organisations on an annual basis.

Engage with the public face to face through a team of ambassadors, technical officers and community champions.

 

Over time. This is something we would like to do but which has significant resource implications if we are to do it well. We do however intend to do more to highlight the work of community champions through the Gulf Journal and annual Conference.

Consider developing social impact case studies.

 

Potentially. This is something we will explore.

Diversify content and use multimedia tools across different platforms.

 

Yes. We intend to re-launch our largely static Facebook and YouTube pages, as per the recommendation in the Communications Strategy, and do more on LinkedIn to highlight the Forum’s mahi.

Forum members are encouraged to become more visible with stakeholders, and active in their roles.

 

Yes. This is something we will be encouraging. Coherence, consistency and a no-surprises approach between Forum messaging and Constituent Party messaging is also important.

The Forum is encouraged to hold a number of regular meetings outside Auckland, and in the regions or islands its members are from.

 

Yes. We will aim for 50% outside of Auckland CBD. In particular, we want to ensure that communities around the Marine Park have easier access to present at the Public Forum components of each Forum meeting.

 

Next Steps

6.       Subject to views expressed during this agenda item, it is suggested that the Forum’s Executive Officer and Communications Advisor proceed to implement the recommendations in accordance with the suggested responses.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      agree to the suggested responses to the recommendations contained within the recently completed Communications Strategy.

b)      request that the Executive Officer and Communications Advisor proceed to implement the recommendations in accordance with the suggested responses.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.    

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Alex Rogers - Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum

Authoriser

Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 

Constituent Party Reports

File No.: CP2019/14920

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide updates from Constituent Parties of the Forum.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Three written reports have been received from Constituent Parties, and are attached to this report as follows:

-     Member Moana Tamaariki-Pohe (Attachment A)

-     Waikato Regional Council (Attachment B)

-     Auckland Council (Attachment C)

3.       In addition, the Department of Conservation has advised that it will deliver an oral report to the meeting.

4.       Furthermore, the following presentations will be received:

-     America’s Cup Update by Auckland Council, Environmental Services (Attachment D)

-     Hunua Trail by Auckland Council, Franklin Local Board

-     Kauri Dieback by Waikato Regional Council (Attachment E)

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Moana Tamaariki-Pohe, Waikato Regional Council, Auckland Council and the Department of Conservation for their reports.

b)      note the presentations and thank the presenters for their attendance.

c)      request additional central government support for a comprehensive approach to managing kauri dieback, increasing its funding, capability and capacity to systematically arrest this disease.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Report from Member Moana Tamaariki-Pohe

37

b

Report from Waikato Regional Council

39

c

Report from Auckland Council

43

d

Presentation on AC36 by Auckland Council (Environmental Services)

59

e

Presentation on Kauri Dieback by Waikato Regional Council

69

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Alex Rogers - Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum

Authoriser

Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 


 


 


 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 

Executive Officer's Report

File No.: CP2019/14921

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an update from the Executive Officer.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

1.       My focus since the 20 May 2019 meeting has been taking forward the Forum’s resolutions, particularly with respect to the 2020 State of the Environment Report, Annual Report, Annual Conference, and recruitment of a 0.5 FTE Communications Advisor. Updates on the Big Goals and Communications Strategy are provided in separate reports.

2020 State of the Environment Report

2.       The contracting process has now concluded, with the contract awarded to consultants Coast & Catchment Ltd to produce the 2020 report. The report will be co-led by Shane Kelly and Rauru Kirikiri, in line with the expectations of the Forum as resolved in May 2019. Initial meetings with some constituent parties have been held, and preparation of the report is underway. At this stage I am pleased with progress, though mindful of a busy period ahead as we try to complete a State of the Environment Report in time for delivery on the 20th birthday of the Marine Park: 27 February 2020.

Annual Report

3.       Preparation of the Annual Report is now complete, reflecting comments received from members on an earlier draft. Hard copies are being sent to the Minister, with one of those destined for tabling in Parliament by the legislated deadline of 31 August 2019. In preparing the report we have tried to keep its messaging simple, in line with our Communications Strategy. I would also like to record my thanks to Shaun Lee for design and Darryl Torckler for photography.

Annual Conference

4.       Our Annual Conference (Making Waves: Protecting and Restoring the Marine Park) will take place on 27 August 2019 at Auckland War Memorial Museum. As of writing ticket sales were tracking very well. Feedback from stakeholders on the programme has been positive, with participants looking forward to the energetic, interactive nature of this year’s event. We are also very fortunate to have had great support from a range of partners who will be speaking, facilitating or exhibiting on the day. I would like to record my thanks to Katina Conomos, who has worked incredibly hard on preparation of what is a complex day. I’m confident the hard work will be worth it, and that we will deliver a special occasion. 

Recruitment

5.       I am pleased to announce that we have reached a successful conclusion to our recruiting process, with the new member of our team expected to start shortly. I will introduce them to you at the earliest opportunity and look forward to the contribution they will be making to the areas of work expected by the Forum. On a personal note, I could not be more impressed with the individual selected.

Technical Officers’ Meeting 8 July

6.       A successful and substantive meeting of Technical Officers was held on 8 July at Waikato District Council in Ngaruawahia. My thanks to WDC for hosting us and to those who came from both regions.

7.       Please find attached the notes from that meeting (Attachment A) as well as a matrix showing the roles and responsibilities of constituent parties against our Strategic Issues (Attachment B). We will be using this matrix to help induct new members, and to track reporting over time.

Bryde’s Whale Ship Strike Update

8.       Reporting from Ports of Auckland (Attachment C) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – Attachment D) brings good news: average ship speeds continue to track down and are now consistently at or under the target of 10 knots. Even more importantly, no strikes have been recorded. That said, there are some individual transits which significantly exceed the target speed. This can be expected from time to time when there are health and safety issues on board those transits and remains something to monitor.

          Financial Update

9.       The 2018-2019 financial year is now completed. Attachment E shows expenditure and revenue for the full financial year, with overall expenditure very close to that forecast – though with funds for the State of the Environment report accumulated and higher than anticipated staffing costs due to the longer than expected tenure of the interim Executive Officer. Invoices for the 2019-2020 financial year have been sent to constituent parties.

Looking Ahead

10.     In the months ahead the Forum will enter a transitional period as our Chair and Deputy step down and an Interim Chair guides us through the period until our next meeting in February 2020. With no meeting in between now and then, there will likely be more emails than normal as we progress key items – in particular, the 2020 State of the Environment Report. 

11.     Once the membership of the Forum becomes known after the Local Body elections of 12 October 2019, we will look to settle on a date and venue for inducting new members and introducing them to current/returning members.

12.     Finally, by the time of our first meeting of 2020, the 20th birthday of the Marine Park will be almost upon us. We have already started working with the Department of Conservation to scope a suitable celebration on the actual birthday – 27 February 2020. To borrow an excellent idea from Miranda O’Connell from DoC: ‘If you are going to attend a birthday party… what gift will you bring?’ I think that is a good question for all constituent parties, and all stakeholders of the Marine Park, to ponder as we approach that special day. 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note the report.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Notes from meeting of Technical Officers 8 July

81

b

Matrix mapping Constituent Parties and Strategic Issues

85

c

Ship Speed (POAL)

87

d

Ship Speed (IFAW)

89

e

Forum Financial Update to 30 June

101

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Alex Rogers - Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum

Authoriser

Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 


 


 


 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 


 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

19 August 2019