About Sea Change

Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari is a ground-breaking initiative, designed to secure a healthy, productive and sustainable future for the Hauraki Gulf . It will deliver a marine spatial plan towards the end of 2016. This plan will ultimately inform how the Hauraki Gulf is shared, used and stewarded for future generations.

We need Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari because environmental indicators tell us the Hauraki Gulf is an ecosystem under real pressure. Successive State of our Gulf reports clearly demonstrate the more we all use the gulf, the harder it is to keep it healthy.

Until now, managing pressures on the gulf has been difficult, because different agencies are responsible for managing and regulating different activities within the marine space. Through Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari, these agencies are turning to interest groups, communities and other stakeholders to work together collaboratively to find a solution. You can read in more detail about the challenges and opportunities facing the Gulf in our Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari factsheet. 

Mana whenua, Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, territorial authorities, the Department of Conservation, Ministry for Primary Industries and the Hauraki Gulf Forum have all recognised that working in partnership – and empowering a wide range of stakeholders – is a way to get the best outcomes from the management of the gulf and its resources. You can read more about their partnership, and the Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) supporting the process, in who’s on board.

If you use the gulf or are interested in its wellbeing, we want you on board too. Sign up here to keep in touch with Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari developments through our email newsletter; and we welcome your input into how we secure the Hauraki Gulf as a healthy, productive and sustainable resource for all users, now and into the future.