Raewyn Peart wrote The Story of the Hauraki Gulf, which was published by David Bateman and released in September. This 350-page coffee table format book reveals the environmental, cultural and social history of the Gulf and is designed to support the Seachange Tai Timu Tai Pari process. It received rave reviews and is a real treasure of vignettes about the people and stories that make the Hauraki Gulf so precious.
Raewyn’s contribution to Seachange over the past 3 years culminated in the successful launch of a marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf in December. Our efforts next year will be focused on implementation. Raewyn is currently working on a review of New Zealand’s fisheries management system and she is also contributing to the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge.
EDS made submissions on a number of reform proposals during the year, the most recent today on the Future of our Fisheries (now posted on the EDS website).
Dr Marie Brown released Pathways to Prosperity and Evaluating the Environmental Outcomes of the RMA. She is currently completing a review of monitoring and enforcement of environmental laws that is due for publication early next year. Thanks to the New Zealand Law Foundation and others for supporting her work, which adds to our increasingly rich knowledge about the resource management system.
We continued to contribute to the Land and Water Forum, looking to bolster the National Objectives Framework with further attributes and inject a greater sense of urgency into reform implementation. EDS is also a member of a collaborative process preparing a National Policy Statement on Biodiversity.