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

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Monday, 4 December 2023

1:00pm

Waiheke Local Board boardroom
10 Belgium Street
Ostend
Waiheke

Hauraki Gulf Forum

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Co-chairperson

Mayor Toby Adams

Hauraki District Council

Co-chairperson Tangata Whenua

Ms Nicola MacDonald

Tangata Whenua

Members

Cr Andrew Baker

Auckland Council

 

Ms Charmaine Bailie

Tangata Whenua

 

Mr Andrew Baucke

Department of Conservation

 

Mr Joe Davis

Tangata Whenua

 

Cr Christine Fletcher

Auckland Council

 

Mr Terrence Hohneck

Tangata Whenua

 

Mr Jacob Hore

Ministry for Primary Industries

 

Cr Mike Lee

Auckland Council

 

Cr Kerrin Leoni

Auckland Council

 

Cr Warren Maher

Waikato Regional Council

 

Mr Paul Majurey

Tangata Whenua

 

Mr Martin Mariassouce

Te Puni Kōkiri

 

Cr Paaniora Matatahi-Poutapu

Waikato District Council

 

Mr Dean Ogilvie

Tangata Whenua

 

Mr Chris Ollivier

Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board (Auckland Council)

 

Ms Bianca Ranson

Waiheke Local Board (Auckland Council)

 

Cr James Sainsbury

Matamata-Piako District Council

 

Mayor Len Salt

Thames-Coromandel District Council

 

Cr Wayne Walker

Auckland Council

 

(Quorum 11 members)

 

 

Mike Giddey

Kaitohutohu Mana Whakahaere / Governance Advisor

27 November 2023

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.



 

Governance Statement – updated May 2021

 

 

Whakatauki

“He waka kōtuia kāhore e tukutukua ngā mimira.”

A canoe that is interlaced will not become separated at the bow. In unity there is strength.” In the highly developed craft of building ocean going waka the bow section was laced to the centre hull. The waka provides a metaphor for tangata whenua, in that a people interlaced will not be separated and through that unity we find strength.

 

This Governance Statement replaces all prior versions. It covers how the Forum works, and key roles and responsibilities. The Forum’s purposes, membership, functions and powers are set out in detail in Part 2 of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 (HGMPA) and are not repeated here.

 

How the Forum works

 

Te whakahonore i o maatau hononga Tiriti hei painga mo Te Moananui-ō-Toi; Tīkapa Moana; Hauraki Gulf. The Forum will operate in partnership under the Treaty of Waitangi in accordance with the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act, including the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi under Section 6.

 

It will integrate and respect both Te Ao Māori and other world views.

 

The Forum’s conduct, and all those that interact with it, will adhere to the intent of the following principles:

·         Aroha: being considerate – having respect for relationships and being of service.

·         Openness and impartiality: having an open mind when making decisions and listening to other points of view.

·         Tautoko: supporting others by respecting and upholding others mana, dignity, identity and unique perspective.

·         Manaaki: caring for others by responsibly valuing others and ensuring they feel valued.

·         Stewardship: using powers and resources prudently.

·         Awhi: helping others by entering into effective engagements in the spirit of co-operation and good faith.

·         Leadership: inspiring action toward achieving common goals.

·         Tika: being responsible – doing the right thing with integrity and accountability.

·         Pono: being effective – building credibility.

·         Ethics: maintaining the highest standard of ethical conduct.

The Forum will endeavour to meet quarterly, with meetings split between the Auckland and Waikato regions. It will hold additional workshops and meetings as required.

 

Our Roles and Responsibilities

-          Co-Chairs

o   One Co-Chair is from and elected by the membership at large

o   One Co-Chair is from and decided by the Tangata Whenua members

o   Co-Chairs lead the Forum and are its spokespeople

o   Co-Chairs work in partnership with each other

o   Co-Chairs exemplify the principles by which we work

o   Co-Chairs chair Forum meetings, set strategic direction, support and work with all Members, and front public engagement

(A separate Co-Chairing arrangement records the practical aspects of Co-Chairing)

 

-          Members

o   Members support and work with the Co-Chairs and each other to take effective decisions and progress the agenda of the Forum

o   Members bring their expertise and mana to ensure quality decision making in the interests of the Marine Park

o   Members represent their Constituent Party, as defined under the HGMPA

o   Members may send alternates to meetings they are unable to attend so long as this is notified in advance and in accordance with any applicable practice

 

-          Executive Officer

o   The Executive Officer functions as the Chief Executive of the Forum and is responsible for taking forward resolutions of the Forum, ensuring adherence to the HGMPA, supporting the Co-Chairs and all Members, preparing meeting papers, coordination with external partners, and the Forum’s management, contracts, finance and administration.

o   The Executive Officer chairs meetings of Technical Officers and works closely with the Governance Advisor.

 

-          Governance Advisor

o   The Governance Advisor is responsible for collating and publishing meeting agendas, writing minutes and providing advice on process.

 

-          Technical Officers

o   Members are encouraged to have technical officers to provide them and the Forum with expert support and advice.

o   Technical Officers will work with their Members, the Executive Officer and each other to progress the Forum’s resolutions, as appropriate.

 

-          Administering Authority

o   Auckland Council is the Administering Authority (for responsibilities see s28, HGMPA)

 

Review

This Governance Statement will be reviewed every 3 years.

 

 

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

04 December 2023

 

 

Karakia

Mihi Whakatau

 

ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                         PAGE

1          Apologies                                                                                                                      11

2          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                 11

3          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                             11

4          Public Forum                                                                                                                11

4.1     Public Forum - Kina Barrens                                                                            11

4.2     Public Forum - Waiheke Marine Project update                                             11

4.3     Public Forum - 'Bare Dirt' campaign                                                                12

4.4     Public Forum - Asian Paddle Crab (Charybdis japonica) trapping project at Okiwi (Aotea Great Barrier)                                                                               12

5          Extraordinary Business                                                                                              12

6          Co-Chairs' Report                                                                                                        13

7          Sewage discharge into the Gulf: Parnell sinkhole and Beachlands proposal     31

8          Forum Member updates                                                                                              33

9          Executive Officer's Report                                                                                          37

10        Hauraki Gulf Forum Meeting Schedule 2024-2025                                                   45

11        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

 

Karakia

 

 


1          Apologies

 

An apology from Member B Ranson 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.

 

 

3          Confirmation of Minutes

 

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)         whakaū / confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Monday, 11 September 2023, as a true and correct record.

 

 

4          Public Forum

 

4.1       Public Forum - Kina Barrens

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       Alex Radley will provide an update on kina barrens.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Alex Radley for his update on kina barrens.

 

 

 

4.2       Public Forum - Waiheke Marine Project update

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       Speakers, yet to be confirmed, will provide an update on the Waiheke Marine Project.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank the speakers for their update on the Waiheke Marine Project.

 

 


 

4.3       Public Forum - 'Bare Dirt' campaign

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       Angus Robson will provide an update on the ‘Bare Dirt’ campaign.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Angus Robson for his update on the ‘Bare Dirt’ campaign.

 

4.4       Public Forum - Asian Paddle Crab (Charybdis japonica) trapping project at Okiwi (Aotea Great Barrier)

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       Thomas Daly will provide an update on the Asian Paddle Crab (Charybdis japonica) trapping project at Okiwi (Aotea Great Barrier).

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Thomas Daly for his update on the Asian Paddle Crab (Charybdis japonica) trapping project at Okiwi (Aotea Great Barrier).

 

 

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

04 December 2023

 

 

Co-Chairs' Report

File No.: CP2023/17519

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an update from the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s Co-Chairs.       

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       As our State of the Gulf 2023 report noted, there are three main sources of impacts on the health of the Hauraki Gulf: things we’re doing at sea, things we’re doing on the land, and broader changes resulting from climate change. 

3.       On Monday 25 September 2023, a giant sinkhole opened up in the Gulf-side suburb of Parnell in Auckland. Raw sewage started flowing into the Hauraki Gulf at a rate of several hundred litres a second, and land-based impacts quickly came squarely back into focus.

4.       It would be weeks, and 100s of millions of litres of sewage discharged, before the overland temporary bypass was functional and the damage to the Gulf was to slow.

5.       We want to place on record our thanks to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei for their rangatiratanga in laying a rāhui tapu over parts of Te Waitematā, and to the Watercare teams who worked tirelessly night and day to deal with the situation.

6.       Our agenda today will focus on this impact on the mauri of Tīkapa Moana, Te Moananui-o-Toi, the damage done, and how to prevent it happening again. We are grateful that Watercare senior executives are going to join us to discuss this challenge. We will also be reviewing work by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, which is looking at the net impact of the sinkhole and discharge on the flows of value from the Hauraki Gulf as measured in our natural capital valuation unveiled earlier this year. That work will be distributed at the meeting.

7.       The last quarter has also been dominated by statutory processes, with submissions on:

-     The Hauraki Gulf Marine Protection Bill (see attachment C)

-     Bottom-fishing Access Zones (see attachment D); and the

-     Draft Waikato Regional Coastal Plan (see attachment E).

8.       The formation of a new government brings with it new opportunities to advocate for and progress outcomes for the Hauraki Gulf. Our briefing to the incoming government (see attachment F) is being distributed to the Prime Minister, key Minsters, and influential MPs across the House. We are seeking meetings with our Ministers at the earliest opportunity.

9.       Finally, we need everyone to play their part this summer to ensure that Caulerpa is not moved from known infestations. Please be on the lookout when walking your local beach or diving into your local waters: if you see it, or inadvertently pull it up on your line or anchor, take a photo, and report it to Biosecurity NZ (0800 80 99 66 or report.mpi.govt.nz). Then bag it, and bin it on land.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note the report.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Letter to Biosecurity NZ following up on August HGF meeting

15

b

Letter to Auckland Council supporting Pest-Free Kawau

17

c

Submission on Hauraki Gulf Marine Protection Bill

19

d

Submission on Bottom Fishing Access Zones

21

e

Submission on draft Waikato Regional Coastal Plan

23

f

Briefing to Incoming Government

27

      

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Mayor Toby Adams - Co-Chairperson

Ms Nicola MacDonald – Co-Chairperson – Tangata Whenua

 

 


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Sewage discharge into the Gulf: Parnell sinkhole and Beachlands proposal

File No.: CP2023/17520

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide for an oral briefing on (i) the impact of the Parnell sinkhole and associated direct discharge of raw sewage into the Hauraki Gulf; and (ii) one proposed option for a new treated sewage outfall in the Hauraki Gulf.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Watercare executives will attend the meeting to brief the Forum on the background to and impact of the Parnell sinkhole and associated discharges of raw sewage into the harbour. See more here: https://www.watercare.co.nz/About-us/News-media/crews-attending-major-wastewater-pipe-blockage-at

3.       The Forum will also receive a report from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), looking at the impact of the event on the flows of value provided by the Hauraki Gulf in the natural capital account completed earlier this year.

4.       In addition, the Forum will discuss proposed options for a new treated sewage outfall from the Beachlands area, one of which would see a pipeline being built into the Hauraki Gulf towards Waiheke Island. See more here: https://www.watercare.co.nz/About-us/Projects-around-Auckland/Beachlands-WWTP-discharge-consent-renewal

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      record its outrage at the assault on the mauri of the Hauraki Gulf from the direct discharge of raw sewage into the harbour as a result of the Parnell sinkhole;

b)      mihi to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei for their rangatiratanga in laying a rāhui tapu over the affected area of Te Waitematā;

c)      thank the Watercare teams that worked tirelessly to repair the sinkhole;

d)      thank Mark Bourne and Nathaniel Wilson of Watercare for their oral briefing;

e)      strongly support current and future three-waters investment to ensure networks surrounding the Hauraki Gulf are resilient, including with regard to climate impacts;

f)       thank NZIER for its report;

g)      call on Watercare to consider additional investment in Hauraki Gulf restoration projects to match the impact of the discharge, as outlined in the NZIER report;

h)      strongly oppose the proposed option for a pipeline being built into the Hauraki Gulf to discharge treated sewage from the Beachlands area.

 


 

 

 

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

 

 


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Forum Member updates

File No.: CP2023/17522

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To update the Forum on key developments among the Forum’s Constituent Parties and other agencies.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Forum will receive oral briefings on:

-     Caulerpa (led by Biosecurity NZ)

-     Kina barrens (led by Fisheries NZ)

-     Revitalising the Gulf (led by the Department of Conservation and Fisheries NZ).

3.       In addition, a written report is attached on Revitalising the Gulf from the Department of Conservation and Fisheries NZ (see Attachment A).

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note the updates provided

b)      thank the presenters from Biosecurity NZ, Fisheries NZ, and the Department of Conservation.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Revitalising the Gulf update

35

     

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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Executive Officer's Report

File No.: CP2023/17524

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

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

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       According to meteorologists, we’re in for a long, hot summer. It should be a great time to be out on, and under, the waters of the Hauraki Gulf. But there are two situations that we want to see avoided this summer:

-     (i) recreational catch of seabirds and

-     (ii) the spread of Caulerpa.

Seabird-smart fishing

3.       The Forum has recently provided a small grant to the Southern Seabirds Trust (SST) to launch a pilot campaign in the Mercury Bay and Tairua areas of the Eastern Coromandel this summer to engage recreational fishers in practicing seabird-smart fishing. We know from the presentation at our last Forum meeting by Janice Molloy from SST that many of our seabird populations are struggling, and that for some the rate of capture is unsustainable.

4.       I want to record my thanks to Alternate Member Deli Connell (TCDC) and Member Warren Maher (WRC) for their leadership on this initiative within their communities.

Exotic Caulerpa

5.       Caulerpa thrives in warmer water. Within the Marine Park, it is already at Aotea Great Barrier, Waiheke Island, Kawau Island, and Ahuahu Great Mercury Island. Odds are it is also at other locations but is as yet undetected. We need help from all communities visiting beaches or diving into the Gulf to be vigilant, to report any suspected sightings of Caulerpa, and to pay attention to the various local rules in place (see more here:  https://www.mpi.govt.nz/biosecurity/exotic-pests-and-diseases-in-new-zealand/pests-and-diseases-under-response/exotic-caulerpa-seaweeds-caulerpa-brachypus-and-caulerpa-parvifolia-in-new-zealand/).

6.       The Forum recently provided a small grant to the Aotea Great Barrier Island Environmental Trust (AGBIET) to undertake a briefing to the incoming government specifically on the experience of and challenges from Caulerpa for the Aotea community.

State of the Gulf, in 2173

7.       Last month we launched our State of the Gulf 2173 report. This innovative piece of work led by Professors Simon Thrush (University of Auckland) and Conrad Pilditch (University of Waikato) looked out to a vision of a fully restored, thriving, abundant Hauraki Gulf. It then worked backwards, setting out the actions needed for that vision to become a reality. A key message is that what we do – or do not do – in the next year or two will be critical in terms of the future trajectory of the Hauraki Gulf. We need big, bold decisions from this new government. The report is available in both Te Reo and English here (https://gulfjournal.org.nz/2023/11/the-state-of-the-hauraki-gulf-marine-park-tikapa-moana-te-moananui-a-toi-in-2173/)


 

Technical Officers, Forum Finances, Ship Speeds & Work Plan 2024 - 2026

8.       Finally, a few other quick updates:

-     Forum Technical Offices met on 30 October to prepare the ground for this meeting and update each other on key pieces of work (see the meeting notes at Attachment A);

-     The Forum’s Q1 Financial Statement for the 2023-2024 financial year is at Attachment B. The Forum remains in a robust financial position, with spend on key lines tracking well.

-     Ports of Auckland has kindly provided the latest ship speed overview (see Attachment C). This shows continued adherence to the Bryde’s Whale ship strike protocol.

-     At our first meeting of 2024 we will look to agree a new work plan for the next three-year period (2024-2026). Our previous work plan served the Forum well, and its quantifiable targets were largely met. That said, the new work plan provides an opportunity to continue to innovate and I look forward to the input of all members, and our engaged wider community, on that over the next few months.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note the report.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Technical Officers' notes - 30 October 2023

39

b

Financial Report

41

c

Ship Speed Report

43

     

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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

04 December 2023

 

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

04 December 2023

 

 



Hauraki Gulf Forum

04 December 2023

 

 


Hauraki Gulf Forum

04 December 2023

 

 

Hauraki Gulf Forum Meeting Schedule 2024-2025

File No.: CP2023/17525

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To propose meeting dates for the period up until the next local government election in October 2025.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       It is recommended that the Forum maintain its quarterly Monday meetings, as those are largely deconflicted from other commitments held by Forum members and provide the right cadence for the issues at the Forum table.

3.       As always, the Forum’s meetings will be:

-     open to the public,

-     fully transparent, and

-     as much as possible, split between venues in the Auckland and Waikato regions.

4.       Proposed dates are:

2024

-     4 March

-     10 June

-     26 August

-     25 November

2025

-     3 March

-     19 May

-     25 August

5.       Every effort has been made to select dates that deconflict with statutory and school holidays and align with productive phases of the maramataka.

6.       With the next Local Government elections scheduled for October 2025, by tradition there would be no final quarter meeting that year while the Forum’s local government membership is re-constituted.

Other events

7.       It is likely that there will be a Hauraki Gulf Seminar in late 2024 as well. This bi-annual feature of the calendar brings together all those with an interest in the Gulf.

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Recommendation/s

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      agree the schedule of meeting dates for 2024 and 2025.

 

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