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

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Monday, 23 August 2021

1.00pm

Maraetai Beach Boating Club,
188 Maraetai Drive,
Maretai Beach

Hauraki Gulf Forum

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Co-chairperson

Cr Pippa Coom

Auckland Council

Co-chairperson Tangata Whenua

Ms Nicola MacDonald

Tangata Whenua

Members

Cr Donna Arnold

Matamata-Piako District Council

 

Ms Charmaine Bailie

Tangata Whenua

 

Mr Andrew Baucke

Department of Conservation

 

Cr Phillip Buckthought

Hauraki District Council

 

Mr Joe Davis

Tangata Whenua

 

Cr Christine Fletcher

Auckland Council

 

Mayor Sandra Goudie

Thames-Coromandel District Council

 

Ms Cath Handley

Waiheke Local Board (Auckland Council)

 

Mr Terrence Hohneck

Tangata Whenua

 

Mr Jacob Hore

Ministry for Primary Industries

 

Mr Paul Majurey

Tangata Whenua

 

Mr Martin Mariassouce

Te Puni Kōkiri

 

Cr Rob McGuire

Waikato District Council

 

Mr Scott Milne

Orakei Local Board (Auckland Council)

 

Mr Dean Ogilvie

Tangata Whenua

 

Cr Denis Tegg

Waikato Regional Council

 

Ms Valmaine Toki

Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board (Auckland Council)

 

Cr Wayne Walker

Auckland Council

 

Cr John Watson

Auckland Council

 

(Quorum 11 members)

 

 

Mike Giddey

Kaitohutohu Mana Whakahaere / Governance Advisor

16 August 2021

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.


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ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                         PAGE

1          Apologies                                                                                                                        7

2          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   7

3          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                               7

4          Public Forum                                                                                                                  7

4.1     Public Forum - Snapper nursery habitat movement patterns                        7

4.2     Public Forum - Integrated Catchment - Marine Modelling                              7

4.3     Public Forum - 'Revitalising the Gulf' - Katina Conomos                                8

4.4     Public Forum - 'Revitalising the Gulf' - Terry Creagh                                      8

4.5     Public Forum - 'Revitalising the Gulf' - Tony Orton                                         8

5          Extraordinary Business                                                                                                9

6          Co-Chairs' Report                                                                                                        11

7          Koi Carp                                                                                                                        47

8          Revitalising the Gulf – Government’s Response Strategy to Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari                                                                                                                          77

9          Constituent Party Reports                                                                                          99

10        Executive Officer's Report                                                                                        129

11        2022 Schedule of meetings                                                                                      153

12        Any Other Business                                                                                                  155

13        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 


1          Apologies

Apologies from Member A Baucke and Member D Ogilvie have been received.

 

2          Declaration of Interest

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

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

 

3          Confirmation of Minutes

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Monday, 24 May 2021, as a true and correct record.

 

4          Pubic Forum

4.1       Public Forum - Snapper nursery habitat movement patterns

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       Dr Armagan Sabetian, Department of Environmental Science, AUT will present on snapper nursery habitat movement patterns. See attachment A for his presentation.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Aramagan Sabetian for his presentation on snapper nursery habitat movement patterns.

Attachments

a          Presentation.................................................................................................. 159

 

 

4.2       Public Forum - Integrated Catchment - Marine Modelling

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       Dr Sandy Elliott, Principal Scientist – Catchment Processes, NIWA will present on integrated catchment – marine modelling. See attachment A for a summary of the Hauraki modelling project.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Dr Sandy Elliott for his presentation on integrated catchment – marine modelling.

Attachments

a          Summary of the Hauraki modelling project.................................................. 171

 

 

 

 

4.3       Public Forum - 'Revitalising the Gulf' - Katina Conomos

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       Katina Conomos, Project Manager, The Noises Marine Restoration Project will present on the government’s ‘Revitalising the Gulf’ plan.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Katina Conomos, Project Manager, The Noises Marine Restoration Project for her presentation on the government’s ‘Revitalising the Gulf’ plan.

 

 

 

4.4       Public Forum - 'Revitalising the Gulf' - Terry Creagh

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       Terry Creagh, representing the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council will present on the government’s ‘Revitalising the Gulf’ plan. See attachment A for a written submission.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Terry Creagh for his presentation on the government’s ‘Revitalising the Gulf’ plan.

Attachments

a          Submission from Terry Creagh.................................................................... 177

 

 

 

4.5       Public Forum - 'Revitalising the Gulf' - Tony Orton

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       Tony Orton, representing some fishing charter operators and other fishers will present on the government’s ‘Revitalising the Gulf’ plan. See attachment A for a discussion document.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Tony Orton for his presentation on the government’s ‘Revitalising the Gulf’ plan.

Attachments

a          Discussion document from Tony Orton........................................................ 181

 


 

 

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.”


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Co-Chairs' Report

File No.: CP2021/11950

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an update from the Co-Chairs.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Key actions since our last meeting:

-     Launch of Government’s Revitalising the Gulf plan + Media

-     Launch of Auckland Foundation’s Hauraki Gulf Regeneration Fund

-     Opening of Te Wānanga - Quay Street ‘tidal shelf’

-     WWF/DoC blue economy and marine protection events in Te Whanganui-a-Tara

-     Hui with Chair of Parliament’s Environment Select Committee, MP Eugenie Sage

-     Aotea Great Barrier schools’ hui

-     Annual Report to Parliament

3.       The last few months have been positive and productive, capped off by the long-awaited launch of the Government’s ‘Revitalising the Gulf’ plan. The plan proposes the most significant changes for the Hauraki Gulf in a generation. Further work and consultation will now follow on the main fisheries and marine protection proposals. On behalf of the Forum, we will be both supporting the implementation process and advocating to ensure that upgrades can be considered. We will continue to call on government to consider moving to 100% benthic protection for the Marine Park, in line with the Forum’s agreed position.

4.       On the day of the launch of Revitalising the Gulf we undertook a lot of media engagements, giving interviews to TVNZ, TV3/Newshub, NZ Herald, Stuff, Radio NZ & Newstalk ZB. (See our press release at Appendix A, and photos below.)

5.       We had a number of other key engagements, including:

-     Co-Chair Pippa spoke on behalf of the Forum at the launch of Auckland Foundation’s new Hauraki Gulf Regeneration Fund. The fund will support both riparian planting and shellfish restoration, backing the Forum’s goals in those areas. It is fantastic to have more philanthropic support to iwi, hapū and community-led action to restore the mauri of Tīkapa Moana, Te Moananui-ā-Toi.

-     Co-Chair Pippa attended the opening of the beautiful new public space in downtown Auckland dedicated to connecting with the moana, called Te Wānanga. Co-designed with mana whenua, the space features the story of kūtai restoration, with dozens of mussel-laden ropes connecting the overhang to the seafloor. Well done Auckland Council and Auckland Transport on this great re-imagining of the waterfront.

-     Co-Chair Nicola represented the Forum in Wellington at events on the blue economy and marine protection organised by WWF and DoC. The events also provided an opportunity to connect with central government staff based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

-     Co-Chair Pippa supported a gathering of all of Aotea Great Barrier’s schools focused on the views of the children on how to achieve a healthier marine environment around the motu. The children were united in their desire to see large-scale marine protection.

-     Both Co-Chairs also met virtually with the Chair of Parliament’s Environment Select Committee, MP Eugenie Sage, to brief her on the Forum’s May hui and its outcomes.

6.       Last week copies of our Annual Report were sent to Parliament. The Annual Report tracks our progress and is a requirement under our Act (see Appendix B).

7.       Our correspondence since our last hui is also attached to this report:

-     A letter to the Minister for Māori Development to seek a meeting (see Appendix C)

-     A letter to Foundation North to thank them for their help with broadening political support for the Forum’s positions (see Appendix D), and

-     A submission to MPI on tarakihi, supporting the most ambitious rebuild option proposed (see Appendix E).

8.       In one follow-up on past correspondence - our earlier letter to Auckland Council expressing concerns about their proposal to increase speeds from 12 to 18kts in the inner-Waitematā - we are pleased to report that Auckland Council have walked that back and proposed that the final Navigation Safety Bylaw 2021 will maintain the current 12kt speed limit.

9.       Turning to the present, it is great to be here in Maraetai today. We thank Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki for their mihimihi and acknowledge the critical mahi they are leading in restoring this part of the Marine Park. Our meeting today provides an important opportunity to hear from central government on the implementation process and timeframes associated with the Revitalising the Gulf plan. We will also tackle the growing issue of koi carp in the catchment and hear about developments on integrated catchment modelling.

10.     Our next hui on 29 November will be our last for the year. We will be hosted by Waikato District Council near the sacred Taupiri maunga at Woodlands Estate just outside of Gordonton.

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(Co-Chair Pippa, Executive Officer, Aotea Great Barrier Local Board Chair Izzy and Member Sue for the Aotea schools’ hui on marine restoration. Member Luke was also there.)

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(Co-Chair Pippa speaks to Newshub TV3 at the launch of Revitalising the Gulf)

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(Co-Chair Nicola speaks to TVNZ Breakfast at the launch of Revitalising the Gulf)

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(Co-Chair Nicola, Executive Officer and DoC’s Manager of Marine Policy Sam at WWF/DoC event in Wellington)

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(Co-Chair Pippa and Executive Officer at opening of Te Wānanga)

(kūtai ropes connecting the overhang to the seafloor at Te Wānanga)

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note the report.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Press Release on Revitalising the Gulf

19

b

Annual Report to Parliament

21

c

Letter to Minister Jackson

41

d

Letter to Foundation North

43

e

Submission on Tarakihi

45

      

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Cr Pippa Coom, Co-Chairperson

Ms Nicola MacDonald – Co-Chairperson – Tangata Whenua

 


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Koi Carp

File No.: CP2021/11952

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an update on the threat posed by koi carp and other invasive freshwater species to the health of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and its catchment, and what is being done in response.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Koi carp and other pest fish populations in the Waihou and Piako rivers are a significant stressor on the health of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

3.       Being bottom-feeders, they stir up sediment – often heavy in nitrogen and phosphorous – which is then discharged into the Gulf. They contribute to stream bank erosion, impact on the ecology of our waterways, produce their own waste, and hurt our native tuna / eels by destroying habitat and competing for food.

4.       At the same time, a number of actions have been progressed over the past 3 years to combat this threat and contain its impact.

5.       This agenda item will be introduced by Member Buckthought from Hauraki District Council.

6.       The Forum will receive presentations by:

-     Conall Buchanan, Waihou Piako Catchment Advisory Committee

-     Mike Peters, Lower Waikato Catchment Advisory Committee

-     Michelle Archer, Waikato Pest Fish Coordinator

Background

7.       Koi carp, native to Asia and Europe, are thought to have been imported accidentally in the 1960s as part of a goldfish consignment. Wild stocks were first found in the Waikato River in 1983. Since then, other illegal introductions and floods have resulted in further transmission, including into the Waihou and Piako rivers.

8.       When they feed, they stir up the bottom, muddying the water and destroying native plant and fish habitat. They feed voraciously, sucking up everything in sight and blowing out what is not wanted.

9.       Legally, koi and other pest fish are unwanted organisms under the Biosecurity Act and noxious fish under the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983. The Conservation Act’s provisions on transfers of aquatic life are also relevant.

10.     A formal containment area was established for the Waikato River in 1990. This was to enable the fishing of koi within the containment area and set the boundaries to stop the spread. The species has spread since this designation and no further work has been done, including extending it to the Waihou or Piako rivers.

11.     In 2018, the Department of Conservation and Waikato Regional Council established an agreement to work together to manage freshwater pests, including koi. This included the establishment of a Waikato Coordinator. Since then, a number of actions have been taken as part of implementation of the Pest Fish Management in the Waikato Region plan. See Appendix A for more detail on the actions taken and forward work programme. See Appendix B for a copy of the 2021 update.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Conall Buchanan, Mike Peters and Michelle Archer for their presentations.

b)      Urge the Minister of Conservation, Department of Conservation and Waikato Regional Council to step up their actions to combat this threat to the health of the Hauraki Gulf and its catchment.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Report to HGF from Waikato Pest Fish Coordinator

49

b

2021 Update - Waikato Region Freshwater Pests

55

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Alex Rogers - Executive Officer Hauraki Gulf Forum

Authoriser

Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

 


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Revitalising the Gulf – Government’s Response Strategy to Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari

File No.: CP2021/11954

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an update on implementation of the Government’s Revitalising the Gulf plan.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       On 22 June the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries and Acting Minister of Conservation released the government’s Revitalising the Gulf plan. The plan captures intended actions by central government to give effect to the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari Marine Spatial Plan for the Hauraki Gulf. (See Attachment A for a summary of the plan.)

3.       The Forum will receive an update from Fisheries NZ Director Emma Taylor and Department of Conservation Manager Sam Thomas on the implementation process, timeframes and workstreams.

4.       Forum members will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Emma Taylor and Sam Thomas for their presentations.

b)      welcome the release of Revitalising the Gulf.

c)      call on Ministers to ensure that forthcoming consultation on Revitalising the Gulf provides an opportunity to consider upgrades and new proposals.

d)      request regular updates from the representatives of the Ministers of Oceans and Fisheries, and Conservation, on implementation of Revitalising the Gulf.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Revitalising the Gulf - at a glance

79

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Alex Rogers - Executive Officer Hauraki Gulf Forum

Authoriser

Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

 


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Constituent Party Reports

File No.: CP2021/11957

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To update members on developments in 2021 from the Forum’s Constituent Parties.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Reports were received from:

-     Fisheries New Zealand (FNZ - see Appendix A)

-     Waikato Regional Council (WRC - see Appendix B)

-     Auckland Council (AC - see Appendix C)

-     Department of Conservation (DoC - see Appendix D)

3.       The reports detail a significant amount of progress, good work and collaboration.

4.       Highlights include:

-     Progress on kina management and the impact of kina barrens (see FNZ report)

-     Greater collaboration between FNZ and local government, including on coastal planning and aquaculture (see FNZ report)

-     Commitment to divest from fossil fuels and significant new riparian planting (see WRC report)

-     Drafting of new coastal plan, and aquaculture strategy (see WRC report)

-     Progress on three-water separation and natural hazard identification (see AC report)

-     Consent for shellfish restoration, and local board initiatives complimentary to the Forum’s goals (see AC report)

-     Investment in pest-plant control and eradication, and wetland restoration (see DoC report)

5.       In addition to the attached reports, under this agenda item the Forum will also receive a presentation from Dr Tom Stephens from Auckland Council (Healthy Waters) on their development of a Freshwater Monitoring Tool.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note the report.

b)      thank constituent parties for the comprehensive updates provided.

c)      thank Dr Tom Stephens for his presentation.


 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Fisheries New Zealand Report

101

b

Waikato Regional Council Report

105

c

Auckland Council Report

109

d

Department of Conservation Report

127

     

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Alex Rogers - Executive Officer Hauraki Gulf Forum

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Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

 


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23 August 2021

 

 

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Executive Officer's Report

File No.: CP2021/11962

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an update from the Executive Officer.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Momentum continues to build for restoring and protecting the Hauraki Gulf and its catchment.

3.       The release of the government’s Revitalising the Gulf plan was a critical milestone in that journey and an opportunity to take the pulse of public support for significant change. The fact that initial reaction was largely positive shows just how far we have come in recent years. The Forum can take pride in its role in creating the conditions for that change and embedding the dominant narrative about the Gulf: that it is degraded and in need of urgent action to turn that around, both at sea and on land.

4.       After six State of the Gulf reports, no longer are we needing to debate the problems or prove the case. We now move into a new phase where the Forum must be actively supporting the implementation of solutions and advocating for high ambition outcomes.

5.       Over the past quarter I have had a range of speaking engagements right around the Marine Park, from Whitianga to Matakana and out to Aotea. Increasingly, people are wanting to discuss Revitalising the Gulf and what it will mean for their local community. They are also seeking clarity on key parts of it, and on how they can be involved in the forward process. It is therefore important that we spend a good chunk of time on it at our hui today in public, with strong commitment to ongoing public exchanges on it from our representatives of the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries, and Minister of Conservation. Trust and transparency will be critical to a successful implementation phase.

6.       One other thing that Revitalising the Gulf does is put the spotlight back on the catchment. With a public plan for marine protection and restoration, communities now want to be assured that land-based impacts are receiving similar priority. I anticipate that the challenges posed by sediment, plastic, nutrients, and pollution will increasingly preoccupy the Forum in the year ahead. As several people have said to me since the release of the government’s plan, if we’re going to protect an area of the moana from ocean-based impacts, we must also protect it from land-based impacts. This, of course, is all part and parcel of taking a ki uta ki tai approach, as reflected in the Forum’s work plan and goals.

Financial Update

7.       This hui marks the start of a new financial year and is a good moment to reflect on our financial and comms performance over the past year. Our full 2020/2021 Financial Year statement (see Attachment A) demonstrates an efficient use of funds, with spend at or under budget across key expenditure lines. The carry forward will enable a useful degree of financial flexibility in the coming year to contract for extra support if/when required – for example, to help with drafting an upgrade to our Act.


 

 

Communications Update

8.       I have also had an audit undertaken on our social media performance. It shows that over the past year we have nearly doubled our followers and engagement with our posts. We have also driven an increase in visits to our main website www.gulfjournal.org.nz. See Attachment B for more detail. Further on comms, our podcast’s first season will soon come to a close. I welcome feedback on the possibility of a second season (and thoughts on who might be interviewed!). Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/show/5a20N5XEvXhio0ubOzesKv or at your favourite podcast platform by searching for Hauraki Gulf Kōrero.

Community Funding

9.       Another feature of the last quarter has been a large increase in the number of groups seeking our support for their funding applications. I am doing everything I can to back those doing great work around the Marine Park, but it is also a sobering reminder of how much time those amazing individuals and groups spend doing funding applications to scrape together the financial resources needed to see out another year with a whole lot of volunteer time thrown in. I have suggested to several philanthropic organisations lately that the funding of a specialist grant writer/funding support coordinator could be a real game-changer for iwi, hapū, and community groups seeking ongoing funding - freeing up their time to do what they do best: the mahi. 

10.     Speaking of philanthropic organisations, this quarter we inked a strategic partnership with the Auckland Foundation (see Attachment C). This non-binding document captures our growing collaboration on shellfish restoration and riparian planting.

Technical Officers’ Hui

11.     I want to also take this opportunity to acknowledge those behind the scenes: the Forum’s Technical Officers. We now have technical officers for almost all members, and they are all wonderful and active in their support to you and to me. It makes a world of difference to our effectiveness as a Forum. The notes from our last Technical Officers zoom hui are attached to this report (see Attachment D).

Ship Speed Update

12.     Turning to our beloved Bryde’s whales, it is pleasing to be able to report that once again ships speeds have been around the target of 10kts and that there have been no reports of any fatalities of Bryde’s whales over the past quarter (see Attachment E).

Looking Ahead

13.     Looking ahead, with increasing public interest and debate on marine protection and restoration I believe it is in the Forum’s interest to get some hard numbers to back up our anecdotal sense of public positioning on the key issues. I will look into commissioning some market research in the next quarter to present to you in November.

14.     Another priority will be taking forward work on updating and strengthening the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act.

15.     Finally, I am excited at the prospect for more specialised and/or localised extensions of our existing communications products – e.g. the State of the Gulf report and our Marine Park Posters. I hope to bring you news of those opportunities when we next meet on 29 November 2021.


 

 

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Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note the report.

 

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Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Financial Summary for 2020 - 2021 Financial Year

133

b

Social Media Audit

135

c

Strategic Partnership

147

d

Technical Officers' hui 26 July - notes

149

e

Quarterly Ship Speed

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Signatories

Author

Alex Rogers - Executive Officer Hauraki Gulf Forum

Authoriser

Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

23 August 2021

 

 

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2022 Schedule of meetings

File No.: CP2021/11971

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To confirm the Forum’s schedule of meetings for 2022.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Local Government elections will take place on 8 October 2022. With over half of Forum members coming from Local Government, by tradition there will be no fourth quarter meeting in 2022.

3.       Given that, the following three dates are recommended based on the maramataka and schedules of constituent parties:

-     Q1 - Monday 28 February 2022 – Orongonui

-     Q2 - Monday 23 May 2022 – Tangaroa-ā-mua

-     Q3 - Monday 22 August 2022 – Tangaroa-ā-kiokio

4.       In addition, the return of the Hauraki Gulf Forum Conference is tentatively scheduled for Friday 25 March 2022 – Tangaroa-ā-roto.

5.       It is recommended that the Forum maintain:

-     Start time of 1pm

-     Option for a workshop in the morning prior to the meeting

-     In-person meetings as a first preference, with fallback to zoom if COVID or other impacts intervene

-     A split between meetings in the Waikato and Auckland regions.

6.       With the conference venue likely the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Tāmaki Paenga Hira, we will endeavour to hold two of the three meetings in the Waikato region.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      confirm the 2022 schedule of meetings.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.    

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Signatories

Author

Alex Rogers - Executive Officer Hauraki Gulf Forum

Authoriser

Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

23 August 2021

 

 

Any Other Business

File No.: CP2021/11832

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       An opportunity for Forum members to raise any developments of importance for the Marine Park not covered by other agenda items.

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note the report and receive any verbal updates from members.

 

 

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

23 August 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

Item 4.1      Attachment a    Presentation                                                   Page 159

Item 4.2      Attachment a    Summary of the Hauraki modelling project   Page 171

Item 4.4      Attachment a    Submission from Terry Creagh                     Page 177

Item 4.5      Attachment a    Discussion document from Tony Orton         Page 181


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