Media Statement: EDS calls for reform of Hauraki Gulf governance
The Environmental Defence Society today released its publication “Governance of the Hauraki Gulf: A review of options.” The report, co-authored by Raewyn Peart and Brooke Cox, recommends reforms to better address the continuing decline in the Gulf’s environment.
“The future of the Hauraki Gulf Forum has been the subject of concern amongst the Gulf community for some years,” said EDS Policy Director and report co-author Raewyn Peart.
“So we decided to help inform the discussion by examining the future form and function of a more effective governance entity for the Gulf.
“We reviewed a wide range of literature on natural resource governance together with previous reports commissioned by the Forum. We investigated working examples from overseas and elsewhere in New Zealand and developed three potential models for a future Forum.
“We recommend that the role of the Forum be strengthened so that it can be an effective champion for the Hauraki Gulf and help turn around the continuing environmental decline.
“This would include empowering the Forum to prepare and regularly review an Integrated Management Plan, which would build on the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari marine spatial plan.
“The Forum would also be charged with overseeing the implementation of the Plan and planning documents prepared under other legislation would be required to give effect to it.
“A review of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act is well overdue. We would encourage the Minister of Conservation to get that underway given the national significance of the Hauraki Gulf and its ongoing environmental decline.
“We see our report as being timely, given the Government is in the process of establishing a Ministerial Advisory Group on implementation of the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari plan,” concluded Ms Peart.
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