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Emerging issues and practice in the Gulf

Emerging issues and practice in the Gulf

October 27 seminar to examine progress and answers

If ecological abundance and environmental health of the Gulf are desired, then how should we operate?

The fifth annual Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Seminar at Auckland Museum on October 27 asks this question of scientists, kaitiaki, writers and photographers, business leaders and youth.

Invited speakers will examine the promotion and application of mātauranga Maori, learnings from 40 years research at Leigh marine reserve, new approaches to fishing and farming, and the restoration potential of the Gulf’s marine habitats.

Hauraki Gulf Forum Chairman John Tregidga said a new community of practice is emerging around the Hauraki Gulf/ Tīkapa Moana.

“We are seeing that in the slowing of ships around Bryde’s whales, the awareness of seabirds in the long line fishing fleet, the interest of community, science, industry and iwi in restoration of mussel reefs, and in new models of engagement and enquiry developing in the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari marine spatial planning process.”

“This year’s seminar is an opportunity to reflect on the qualities of the Gulf and of ourselves and to consider how we move forward together.”

Seminar speakers include waka voyager Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, writer Kennedy Warne, Noises owners Rod and Sue Neureuter, oceanographer Malcolm Green, marine reserve scientist Nicholas Shears, marine ecologist Mark Morrison, mauri model developer Kepa Morgan, fishing company CEO Volker Kuntzsch, agro-ecology consultant Alison Dewes, photographer Richie Robinson and business leader Rob Fenwick.

Sessions will be chaired by historian Dame Anne Salmond, journalist Rod Oram and lawyer Natasha Garvan.


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