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Media Release - Marine Spatial Plan to be delivered in 2016


14 September 2015, 06:00 PM

Today saw confirmation of a refreshed process for Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari, the project to produce a Marine Spatial Plan for the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana. The Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Stakeholder Working Group will reconvene next month, with the final plan to be delivered in 2016. 

The announcement follows a three-month project ‘pause’, during which all parties involved in development of the plan undertook a process review and agreed on an extension to the project’s timeframes.

“The work required to create the Marine Spatial Plan for the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana is complex and wide-ranging,” said Project Steering Group co-chair Councillor Penny Webster. “Extra time and breathing space for important discussions was welcomed by everyone involved in Tai Timu Tai Pari – Sea Change, simply because we’re all committed to producing the best possible plan for the Gulf’s future.”

With ongoing process now confirmed, the Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) tasked with producing the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana Marine Spatial Plan will reconvene on 19-20 October 2015. They will be supported in their work by newly appointed Independent Chair Paul Beverley.

Mr Beverley is a partner in law firm Buddle Findlay, specialising in the Resource Management Act, Māori and Treaty settlement law and negotiations and coastal law. He was formerly the Chair of the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Independent Review Panel. He has been working with the SWG in an advisory capacity since July, and was confirmed in the role of Independent Chair of the Stakeholder Working Group on 10 September 2015.

“In addition to his legal background, Paul Beverley brings to the project both a wealth of experience in collaborative processes and a strong knowledge of the project, courtesy of his previous role on the Independent Review Panel,” said Paul Majurey, Co-chair of the Project Steering Group. “We are delighted to welcome him to his new role.”

The Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana Marine Spatial Plan will now be delivered in 2016; however, a firm release date has not yet been set.

“While acknowledging that many people in the community are eagerly anticipating the release of the plan, we are clear that the SWG need time and space to work with their new Chairman before deciding on a delivery date,” said Penny Webster. “We are giving them that time because we are all committed to producing the best possible plan for the Gulf’s future – one that will inform how the Gulf is shared, used and safeguarded, now and for future generations.”

About Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari

Since late 2013, a partnership led by Mana Whenua and central and local government has been working on Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari, a marine spatial planning initiative designed to produce a Marine Spatial Plan that will secure a healthy, productive and sustainable future for the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana.

The Stakeholder Working Group tasked with delivering the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana Marine Spatial Plan developed and agreed a vision for their work. Their aim is for the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana to:

  • be vibrant with life and healthy mauri 
  • be increasingly productive
  • support healthy and prosperous communities.


The Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan will not be a legally binding document but it will guide the regulatory authorities who manage the Gulf and its catchments. It will be then be for these authorities to reflect on the recommendations from the plan when undertaking their statutory processes. The plan will also provide guidance and recommendations for voluntary action from communities, interest groups and industry.  

This media item was current at its release date. The facts or figures it contains may have changed since its original publication.

 

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