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From December 2013 to June 2014, Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari undertook a series of ‘Listening Posts’ in 25 locations around the Hauraki Gulf – with particular emphasis placed on connecting with people in small, rarely consulted groups and communities.
The two-hour Listening Post meetings were designed to provide a snapshot of values and concerns: to hear in people’s own words the way they use the Gulf, their activities on the Gulf, how they value the Gulf, and what their aspirations for the Gulf are.
“People in these communities have intimate knowledge of the Gulf, its resources and how the marine space works,” said Kaaren Goodall, who facilitated many of the Listening Posts on behalf of the Stakeholder Working Group. “We wanted to make sure their knowledge and ideas were captured very early in the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari process and used to inform our ongoing work.”
The final Listening Posts were completed in June 2014. Our thanks go out to all those who participated in Listening Posts from one end of the Hauraki Gulf region to the other.
The extraordinary knowledge and ideas captured through the Listening Posts have been summarised into a booklet entitled ‘The Voices of the Gulf’ [PDF, 2.8MB].
'The Voices of the Gulf' offers an intriguing, inspiring and sometimes unsettling insight into the Hauraki Gulf, from the people who know it best. It is an invaluable piece of work and a tremendous resource for the SWG.
We hope you will take the time to read, enjoy and be challenged by 'The Voices of the Gulf'.
A full record of Listening Post discussions is also available.