Since they were selected, the Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) have been building their knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing the Hauraki Gulf.
Following many presentations and papers, and using the information gathered from Listening Posts and during the SWG selection process, the SWG established seven issues-based ‘Roundtables’ to break the work of Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari into manageable pieces. These Roundtables were the primary tool for the SWG to progress its detailed investigations on six of the seven topics until December 2014. The Mātauranga Māori Rountable continues its work into 2015.
These issues were considered by the seven Roundtables,
- Water quality and catchments
- Hauraki Gulf fish stocks
- Biodiversity and biosecurity
- Infrastructure for the Economy and Communities of the Gulf
- Aquaculture in the Hauraki Gulf
- Accessible Gulf
- Mātauranga Māori
The role of the SWG in the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari project is to develop a spatial plan that will achieve a Hauraki Gulf that:
- is vibrant with life and healthy mauri
- is increasingly productive
- supports healthy and prosperous communities.
Each Roundtable comprised of three or more SWG members (two of whom act as co-Chairs), plus other invited participants who have specific knowledge or expertise in each topic under discussion. These individuals represented a range of different stakeholders and mana whenua with an interest in the topic areas and in the Hauraki Gulf.
Each Roundtable received and provided information, discussed and debated issues and aspirations, identified options and tried to resolve conflicts on their chosen topic. At the SWG meeting in Whitianga on 2 February 2015, each Roundtable presented their findings which can be viewed in each Roundtable topic page.