Birds in the Hauraki Gulf

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

Biosecurity is the management of risks posed by introduced pests and diseases, which may affect biodiversity (maintaining the variety of plant and animal species in the Gulf).

The Biodiversity/Biosecurity Roundtable had two objectives.

1. Biosecurity

The objective was to identify, manage and mitigate biosecurity threats (in fresh water, seawater or on land) including:

  • shipping, boating, barging and other modes of sea transport
  • fishing and aquaculture
  • dredging and dumping
  • introduced materials, products, produces or species.

2. Biodiversity

The objective was to: 

  • understand the current state of the Gulf, and the threats to biodiversity
  • reduce, remove, mitigate and safeguard against threats
  • take an ecosystem-based approach to replenish and revive the Gulf.

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 Katrina Goddard (co-chairs), Matt Ball, Dave Kellian, Lucy Tukua and Alan Proctor are members of the Biodiversity/Biosecurity Roundtable, along with other invited participants with knowledge and expertise in island restoration management, commercial fishing sustainability, charter operations, marine ecology, seabird ecology, and whale and dolphin ecology. 

Alison Henry Roundtable co-chair/SWG
Katrina Goddard Roundtable co-chair/SWG
Alan Proctor SWG
Matt Ball SWG
Dave Kellian SWG
Lucy Tukua SWG
Barry Torkington Recreational fishing
Kirsty Woods Commercial fishing
Sue Neureuter Island/community
Roger Grace Environmental
John Burton Freshwater/land use
Arthur Hinds Freshwater/land use
Alistair Kirk Shipping




The Biodiversity/Biosecurity Roundtable was also advised by experts including:

  • scientists and researchers from NIWA (the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research), University of Auckland, Department of Conservation (DOC), Landcare Research, Cawthron Institute, Ministry of Primary Industries, Auckland Council, Miranda Trust, Waikato Regional Council, Auckland Museum, University of Waikato and Massey University
  • planning experts from AUT and DOC.


Technical Reports

Technical reports to the Biodiversity/Biosecurity Roundtable are loaded below.

Document titleType
Technical Report 1 - Collation of Background Information PDF [1MB]
Technical Report 2 - Synthesis of Issues and Options PDF [530KB]



Advisor presentations to the Biodiversity/Biosecurity Roundtable are loaded below.


MonthDocument titleAuthorType
February 2015

Biodiversity/Biosecurity Roundtable

October 2014

Dr Graeme Inglis 
Principal Scientist 

  Dr Nick Shears
Marine Ecologist
University of Auckland
  Rosemary Bird
Ministry for Primary Industries
PDF [1018KB]
September 2014 Dr Mark Morrison
Fisheries Ecologist
  Why do we need no-take zones for Marine Spatial Plan Dr Roger Grace
Marine Biologist
  Freshwater fish communities and the Hauraki Gulf Dr Paul Franklin
Freshwater Ecologist
  Sea change for sea birds Chris Gaskin / Dr Matt Rayner
Kiwi Wildlife Tours NZ / Behavioural Ecologist
Pterodroma Pelagics NZ / NIWA 
  Marine mammals and habitat use Dr Rochelle Constantine
Joint Graduate School in Coastal and Marine Science - NIWA 
August 2014 Ecosystem Services for the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan 

Dr Michael Townsend
Marine Ecologist


Dr Judi Hewitt
Principal Scientist - Marine Ecology

PDF [970KB]
July 2014 Methods of predicting species distribution for marine spatial planning: What lies beneath Clinton Duffy
Marine Ecosystems Team
Department of Conservation