Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


First steps towards more sustainable fisheries

Media release

For immediate release

2 May 2015

First steps towards more sustainable fisheries for the Hauraki Gulf

The potential for achieving a high-value, low-impact Hauraki Gulf fishery through impact investment is the subject of a feasibility study being funded by Foundation North.

The study, by EnviroStrat, will look at the feasibility of new investments that generate a financial return while also delivering a positive impact on the natural resources, ecosystems, and communities of the Gulf.

Envirostrat’s lead for the feasibility study, Dr Nigel Bradly, says the study will address some of the major issues at the heart of the recently released Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan (Sea Change / Tai Timu Tai Pari). The plan recommends a range of changes to fisheries and fishery management including the application of kaitiakitanga and kotahitanga as principles of engagement.

“Creating a high value, genuinely sustainable fishery is a key challenge identified in Tai Timu Tai Pari,” Dr Bradly says. ”There are many parts to this complex challenge, and we believe an impact investment approach may provide part of the answer. Impact investing is untested in New Zealand but is very successful in other countries that have similarly complex, long-standing environmental challenges.”

Dr Bradly is partnering with Richelle Kahui-McConnell and Lucy Tukua who bring expertise in iwi and stakeholder engagement and working with local communities. A key area of focus will be in demonstrating how this approach can benefit mana whenua and local communities through greater employment, capacity building and funding of local initiatives.

Foundation North Chief Executive, Jennifer Gill, says the $50,000 grant for the study is the first significant grant from a $5 million fund established by Foundation North to support initiatives aimed at finding solutions to the complex environmental issues facing the Hauraki Gulf.

“Our Gulf Innovation Fund Together (GIFT) is looking for ways in which the environmental, social, cultural and economic outcomes for the Hauraki Gulf can be significantly improved,” Jennifer Gill says. “Because the research findings will be made publicly available, there’s real potential for other communities in Auckland and Northland, and nationally, to learn from the research as well.”



Study focus

The feasibility study will focus on specific areas for possible investment, and the expected environmental and social benefits from them, including:

· Transition to less destructive methods of fishing for commercial fisheries to increase value whilst reducing impact

· Deep water finfish / scallop aquaculture

· A sustainable fisheries brand for the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

· The feasibility of a high-value, low-impact fishery-related tourism sector

· Mussel reef restoration and recreational fishing / water quality benefits

About G.I.F.T.

The Gulf Innovation Fund Together (G.I.F.T) was initiated by Foundation North to ignite innovation to improve the mauri of the Hauraki Gulf.

Foundation North has committed $5 million over five years to:

· Significantly improve the environmental health of the Hauraki Gulf by seeking and enabling innovation.

· Support projects that will deliver intergenerational benefit and wide impact.

To learn more about the GIFT fund, see

About Foundation North

Foundation North holds in trust for the Auckland and Northland communities an endowment, or putea, of over a billion dollars. This comes from the sale of the community’s shares in what was previously the Auckland Savings Bank. That endowment allows us to make millions of dollars in grants each year to not-for-profit groups in Auckland and Northland.

About Envirostrat

EnviroStrat is a New Zealand-based consultancy delivering a range of services to the marine, freshwater, energy and resources, and government sectors.

Established by Dr Nigel Bradly in 2007 following a decade working in the UK, United States and Middle East, EnviroStrat brings the benefit of a mix of strategy and execution in both the private and public sectors around the world. Dr Bradly combines deep networks across a range of sectors with extremely strong analytical and implementation experience.

EnviroStrat services include impact investment, business growth, strategy, policy and evaluation, project and programme management, and complex stakeholder engagement. Its team has delivered to a range of public and private sector clients around the world over the past 18 years.

About Lucy Tukua

Lucy has been involved at the coalface for her iwi of Hauraki and Waikato in both governance and operational roles. She brings a depth of local government knowledge with involvement in governance and operational roles along with a wealth of longstanding relationships. As a Kaitiaki for Tikapa moana she is passionate about the mana and longevity of Tikapa across all facets and was involved during the early stages of the Hauraki Gulf Forum as technical officer and more recently a Mana Whenua representative on the Stakeholder Working Group tasked with writing the Marine Spatial Plan. As a member on

the Auckland Council's Urban Design Panel she is a strong advocate for cultural context and water sensitive designs, ensuring that development impacts on Tikapa are minimal and that there is a clear outcome that seeks to enhance the mauri or life giving essence of Tikapa Moana, Te Moananui a Toi. Being of Ngati Paoa and Ngati Whanaunga she has a whakapapa connection to Tikapa moana along with her whanau, hapu and Iwi.

About Richelle Kahui-McConnell

Richelle is of Ngati Maniapoto and Samoan descent, she is a multi-award winning tangata whenua social scientist and ecological restoration expert skilled in Iwi engagement and social capital analysis and development with particular regard to development of cultural health outcomes. As one of the core technical writers for Tai Timu Tai Pari she has expertise in advocacy for community based outcomes and innovative practice in ecological restoration, leading the way in shellfish restoration practice in Aotearoa.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Reserve Bank: Policy Lessons From A Year Of Covid-19

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua was in a sound position to continue to meet its mandate in the face of the COVID-19 induced economic shock. However, we must continue to transform so as to remain relevant and effective in addressing longer-term challenges, Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr said... More>>

Transport Industry Association: Feb 2021 New Vehicle Registrations Strongest On Record

Motor Industry Association Chief Executive David Crawford says that the February 2021 figures are the strongest for the month of February ever. Registrations of 12,358 were 8.0% up on February 2020. Year to date the market is up 7.1% (1,735 units) compared to the first two months of 2020... More>>

Paymark: Lockdown Equals Slowdown For Some

The three days of lockdown for Auckland earlier this month made a clear impression on our retail spending figures. While only Auckland moved into Level 3 lockdown, the impact was felt across the country, albeit at different levels. Looking at the ... More>>

Infrastructure Commission: Te Waihanga Releases Report On Water Infrastructure

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga’s latest discussion document highlights the importance of current reforms in the water sector. Its State of Play discussion document about water infrastructure is one of a series looking at the ... More>>

Psychic Ventures: US Consumer Spending On Video Games Jumped By 42% In Jan 2021

On a global scale, there was a 15% increase in digital games revenue in January 2021, pushing the total to $11.6 billion.
In the US, gaming revenue rose to an impressive high during the month thanks to the new generation of consoles. ... More>>

OECD: Annual Inflation Picks Up To 1.5% In January 2021 While Euro Area Records Sharp Increase To 0.9%

Annual inflation in the OECD area picked up to 1.5% in January 2021, compared with 1.2% in December 2020. Following a rebound between December and January, the annual decline in energy prices was less pronounced in January (minus 3.9%) than in December... More>>

Hemp Industries Association: Could The Next Team NZ Boat Be Made Entirely Of Hemp?

With The America’s Cup due to start in a few days’ time, innovators from a very different sphere have been wondering how long it could be before New Zealand could be competing in a boat entirely built from hemp, with the crew eating high-energy, nutritious hemp-infused foods and wearing high-performance hemp kit..? More>>

ACT: Matariki Almost A Half Billion Dollar Tax On Business

“Official advice to the Government says an extra public holiday at Matariki could cost almost $450 million,” ACT Leader David Seymour can reveal. “This is a perfect example of the Prime Minister doing what’s popular versus what’s responsible. ... More>>