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Media Release - Timeframe extension for Marine Spatial Plan

14 July 2015, 01:59 PM

On 22 June 2015, Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari – the ground-breaking project to create a Marine Spatial Plan for the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana – announced an extension to the timeframe for producing the final plan.

The extension will help to ensure the final Marine Spatial Plan can more fully inform how the Hauraki Gulf is shared, used and stewarded for future generations.

“Tai Timu Tai Pari – Sea Change is an innovative project, there is widespread support for its success and excellent progress has been made to date,” said Project Steering Group co-chair Paul Majurey. “The work required to create the Marine Spatial Plan for the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana is complex and wide-ranging. It has placed significant demands on all those participating and as the deadline for delivery approached, it became clear that more time was required to ensure successful completion of the plan.”

The decision to extend the project timeframe was taken following discussions between representatives of all project partners and the 14-member Stakeholder Working Group.

Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari is a very important project for the future of the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana and all parties are focussed on a successful outcome – none more so than the Stakeholder Working Group. The SWG is both the heart and the engine-room of the collaborative stakeholder-led process. Over the last 18 months there has been huge successes in bringing a wide range of people together, to discuss the Gulf’s challenges and to explore options and possible solutions for its future.

That 18 months of hard work will now inform the final stage – completing the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana Marine Spatial Plan.

It was originally envisaged that the Marine Spatial Plan would be delivered to the Project Steering Group (PSG) in June 2015, with the aim of having the plan publicly available by mid-September 2015.

“We understand many people have been eagerly anticipating the release of the plan, so the decision to extend the project timeframe wasn’t taken lightly,” said Councillor Penny Webster, co-chair of the Project Steering Group. “That said; it’s not uncommon for large, complex projects like this to take a short pause, look at processes and make some adjustments to ensure the best possible result.

“Extra time and breathing space for important discussions have been welcomed by everyone involved in Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari, simply because we’re all committed to producing the best possible plan for the Gulf’s future.”

A new release date for the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana Marine Spatial Plan has not yet been confirmed: further meetings will be held throughout July and early August to review and confirm the project timeline. 

Want to know more? See the project Q&A for July 2015.


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