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Accessible Gulf Roundtable


From July-December 2014, six Roundtables gathered information and reported back to the Stakeholder Working Group (SWG)

The Accessible Gulf Roundtable aimed to balance access and protection in the Gulf by:

  • identifying opportunities to retain and enhance ‘the commons’ for recreation activities and a gulf experience, enjoyment of significant places and sites, heritage and culture, conservation activities, and sustaining ‘an island and coastal way of life’
  • minimising barriers to a gulf experience: affordability and physical access, exclusive uses, landowner restrictions, anchorages and navigation, walls and other structures, and facilities for access
  • ensuring viable commercial and economic uses and services
  • reducing the impact of increasing human activity through exposure to the Gulf, understanding and education.


This Roundtable's findings presented to the SWG can be viewed below. Please sign up for our monthly newsletters to stay in the loop.


SWG members Alison Henry and Jake Bartrom (co-chairs), Alan Proctor, Lauri Beamish and Joe Davis were members of the Accessible Gulf Roundtable, along with other invited participants with knowledge and expertise in education, island communities, Pacific and newcomer communities, tourism, historical knowledge, island access, iwi interests, recreational clubs and ferry operators. 

Alison Henry Roundtable co-chair/SWG
Jake Bartrom  Roundtable co-chair/SWG/aquaculture and fishing
Alan Proctor SWG
Laurie Beamish SWG
Joe Davis SWG
Bob Upchurch Education
Orchid Atimalala Pacific and newcomer communities
Karen Clare Island Trusts
Michael Fitchett Tourism
Matt Williams Clubs
Andrew Clouston Clubs


The Accessible Gulf Roundtable consulted staff from Waterfront Auckland and Auckland Council Recreation Parks and Sport, as well as advisors with expertise in:

  • mātauranga Māori
  • the Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) Strategy.


Technical Reports

Technical reports to the Accessible Gulf Roundtable are loaded below.

Document titleType
Technical Report - Trends and Uses PDF [1MB]


Advisor presentations to the Accessible Gulf Roundtable are loaded below.

MonthDocument titleAuthorType
February 2015  Accessible Gulf Roundtable handover

Accessible Gulf Roundtable 

November 2014 ATEED presentation for Sea Change

Karen Thompson-Smith
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED)

  DOCs approach to recreation managment

Richard Davies
Recreation Manager
Department of Conservation

August 2014 Hauraki Gulf Uses and Values Survey

Rebecca Jarvis, Dr Barbara Breen, Dr Chris Krageloh, Dr Rex Billington
Applied Ecology Institute of New Zealand
AUT University 

PDF [10MB] 



Hauraki Gulf Forum Ministry for Primary Industries  Department of Conservation (DOC) Waikato Regional Council Auckland Council