Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Ministers approve Kupe/Kevin Smith Marine Reserve

Hon Jim Anderton
Minister of Fisheries
Hon Chris Carter
Minister of Conservation

06 December 2006 Media Statement

Ministers approve Kupe/Kevin Smith Marine Reserve

The Kupe/Kevin Smith Marine Reserve is to be created off Wellington's scenic South Coast providing a showcase for the unique marine ecosystems found there, Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton and Conservation Minister Chris Carter announced today.

But the boundaries of the 840 hectare reserve have been altered from those originally proposed to improve enforcement and maintain opportunities for recreational and commercial fishers using the coast.

"A balance has been struck in protecting a representative slice of the South Coast marine environment while maintaining a local sustainable fishing industry," Jim Anderton said.

"The well-known fishing boats at Island Bay, as characterised in Rita Angus' iconic painting, "Island Bay", will continue to be a feature of the coastal landscape, as well as allowing an underwater wilderness area to flourish."

Chris Carter said the Kupe/Kevin Smith reserve would provide a spectacular attraction for diving, snorkelling and science right on the Capital's doorstep.

"The reserve is to be sited at the confluence of three oceanic currents. The confluence brings together warm, cold temperate and sub-Antarctic waters allowing a rich and unusual variety of sea life to thrive. Over 180 fish species are found off Wellington's South Coast," Mr Carter said.

"Victoria University's marine department has operated a field station at Island Bay for several decades. The creation of the reserve will enhance this research by providing a protected no-fishing zone against which scientists can better assess the health of the surrounding marine environment."

Mr Carter said after consulting with the applicants, he had decided to adjust the reserve's name in recognition of the part former Wellingtonian Kevin Smith played in its creation, and the significance of the area in the story of the Polynesian explorer Kupe.

"Prior to his sudden death in 2005, Kevin Smith had been a very prominent conservation director of Forest and Bird, and then became an advisor to two Ministers of Conservation. He loved the Wellington South Coast, dived there regularly, and was a vigorous advocate for protection of it. His contribution to conservation in New Zealand was huge, and worthy of lasting recognition," Mr Carter said.

"The Wellington South Coast is also significant for local Maori, and it is important the name of the reserve reflect that. Maori believe this area was where Kupe departed to return to Hawaiki after exploring New Zealand."

Mr Carter acknowledged that the reserve's boundaries had been amended from the original application. The southern boundary had moved approximately 370m to the north and the western boundary approximately 400m to the east, reducing the size of the reserve by about 130 hectares.

"The reserve as amended is still in the best interests of scientific study, even if the area is smaller. In my view, the boundary change mitigates much of the interference with fishing activities while maintaining the essential qualities and integrity of the protection sought," Mr Carter said.

Jim Anderton said he fully endorsed the Minister of Conservation’s changes to the reserve's boundaries.

“Firstly, the original western boundary bisected an area of reef. The amendments have excluded this reef from the area. It is a customary gathering area that is also popular for recreational fishing and diving spot and these users will enjoy continued access to it. Having a reef half in and half out of a reserve is always going to cause problems for enforcement," Jim Anderton said.

“Secondly, the amendments allow for fishing of blue warehou and rock lobster to continue at the extreme outside of the original area. Fishing has created the livelihoods for generations of families who are the descendents of Italian immigrants," Jim Anderton said. "Their boats reflect a Mediterranean design."

“Some of the fishing concerns have been mitigated while maintaining the essential qualities and integrity of protection sought. It is an excellent balance between protection and sustainable fishing.

"We commend the Wellington branch of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc. and the Wellington South Coast Marine Reserve Coalition for their perseverance and patience during this protracted application process, the Ministers said.

The reserve proposal has also received the concurrence of Transport Minister Annette King, and will now be surveyed, gazetted and proceed to the Governor-General to be declared by Order-in-Council.

--

BACKGROUND

- The marine reserve application was submitted to the Department of Conservation by the Wellington branch of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc. and the Wellington South Coast Marine Reserve Coalition.

- In May 2002 the former Minister of Conservation decided not to uphold any objections made in response to the application for the marine reserve (then 969 hectares), thus enabling the concurrence of the Ministers of Fisheries and Transport to be sought.

- As part of the process, the Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) assessed the application and prepared draft advice to the Minister of Fisheries. MFish considered objections raised in the statutory consultation process and consulted further in late 2005 and early 2006. In that draft advice MFish expressed concerns about the level of interference on commercial fishers, which it considered was undue.

- This draft assessment was also sent to the Department of Conservation (DOC) who in turn advised the Minister of Conservation.

- After considering information concerning the level of interference with commercial fishing the Minister of Conservation amended the boundaries of the proposed reserve area, decreasing it by approximately 130 hectares. He then sought concurrence from his colleagues on the smaller area.

- The boundary change mitigates much of the interference with fishing activities while maintaining the essential qualities and integrity of protection sought (840 hectares). The reserve is still legally expedient.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election