A shared resource like the Hauraki Gulf is a shared responsibility. Everyone interested in its wellbeing should be able to contribute their knowledge and ideas to the plan for its future. For this reason, the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari process is being managed through a truly innovative ‘outside in’ stakeholder-driven model, in partnership with mana whenua.
The basic premise of an ‘outside in’ approach (also termed a ‘bottom up’ approach) is that the knowledge and capability to solve pressing ecological problems already exists within communities – it just needs to be brought together, in a way that doesn’t allow one voice or agenda to dominate.
For Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari, this outside in approach is being managed by the Stakeholder Working Group, or SWG, appointed to the role in December 2013. International stakeholder processes have shown that engagement around ecological issues is faster and more cost-effective if it is promoted by existing groups or networks with high credibility, solid structure and clear aspirations – and that involving these existing organisations is crucial to attract groups who might otherwise feel marginalised. Everyone in the Stakeholder Working Group has strong connections with credible local groups and networks, as well as a personal connection to the gulf. Meet the representatives and learn more about the Stakeholder Working Group.
Until mid-2014, the Stakeholder Working Group built its own information base on the factors that underpin the health of the gulf, and seeking broad input from anyone interested in the wellbeing of the gulf.