The Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Independent Review Panel (IRP) was appointed by the Project Steering Group in July 2014. The IRP’s job is to review certain aspects of the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari process. Over the course of the project, the IRP will provide three reports to the Project Steering Group.
The IRP uses the UNESCO – Marine Spatial Planning: a Step by Step Approach document as the guide for good practice in marine spatial planning and has Professor Charles Ehler – one of the two authors of that report – on the panel.
Members of the IRP are:
- Professor Charles Ehler: marine spatial planning consultant to UNESCO
- Dr Chris Battershill: Professor and Chair of Coastal Science, University of Waikato
- Dr Dan Hikuroa: Research Director, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga
- Dr Rick Boven: Director, Stakeholder Strategies.
Former IRP Chair Paul Beverley resigned the position in September 2015 to take up the role of Independent Chair of the Stakeholder Working Group.
First IRP report
The IRP’s first report was presented to the Project Steering Group on 24 August 2014. In it, the IRP comments:
“The Panel’s overall conclusion is that Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari is an exciting and visionary process for the Hauraki Gulf. It has required real leadership from mana whenua, central and local government, and commitment from the many people involved in and supporting the process.
“The work done to date has been of a high standard. There are opportunities and challenges ahead, and we [the IRP] make recommendations in relation to areas that may need to be addressed or considered moving forward.”
Second IRP report
The IRP’s second report was presented to the Project Steering Group on 25 March 2015. The Project Steering Group provided the Panel with a scope for this second review, which included seven key themes.
- Theme One: uptake of key findings and recommendations from the First Review Report
- Theme Two: involvement of Mana Whenua
- Theme Three: function of RoundTables and collaborative interaction with the SWG
- Theme Four: development of geospatial resources to aid option development and testing
- Theme Five: engagement and communications
- Theme Six: assessment of existing measures and consultation with agencies to develop and test options
- Theme Seven: provision and use of information.
Final IRP report
The IRP’s final report (dated 12 September 2016) was circulated to the Project Steering Group on 31 October 2016. The Project Steering Group had previously provided a scope to the Panel for their final review on 4 May 2016, which included six key themes:
- Theme One: Uptake of key findings and recommendations from the Second Review Report
- Theme Two: Organisational actions taken to develop a Marine Spatial Plan
- Theme Three: Bringing together themes and elements of the Marine Spatial Plan
- Theme Four: Application of geospatial information and resources
- Theme Five: Assessment of existing measures and consultation with agencies to test options and contribute to plan development
- Theme Six: Provision and use of information
The IRP’s Final Report was based on an earlier draft of the marine spatial plan dated 22 August 2016, and enabled the Stakeholder Working Group (and the Project Steering Group) to consider the Panel’s analysis and recommendations prior to the marine spatial plan being finalised and presented to the Project Steering Group on 9 November 2016.