Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan

Sea Change is the name of New Zealand's first marine spatial planning project which will shape the future of the Hauraki Gulf including the Firth of Thames and east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula.

The Sea Change Hauraki Marine Spatial Plan is a partnership between mana whenua, Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, Hauraki Gulf Forum, DOC and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

After four years in the making, the Plan was released on 6 December 2016. 

The Plan was produced by a multi-sector Stakeholder Working Group after extensive community and iwi engagement and was approved by the Project Steering Group (the mana whenua-agency governance group) late November 2016

The marine spatial plan will be used to modify policies and regulations with the aim of improving the health and sustaining the productivity of the Firth of Thames, Hauraki Gulf and east coast Coromandel.

 Check out the official Seachange website at www.seachange.org.nz 


The Project Steering Committee

Back in November 2016 the  Project Steering Group recommend the Plan to relevant councils and agencies for implementation through our activities. The Project Steering Group was made up of the following;

  • Mana Whenua
    8 representatives
  • Hauraki Gulf Forum
    1 representative
  • Auckland Council
    2 represenatives
  • Waikato Regional Council
    2 representatives
  • Department of Conservation
    1 representative
  • Ministry of Primary Industries
    1 representative
  • Local Authority/Thames-Coromandel Distrcit Council/Hauraki District Council
    1 representative

A Stakeholder Working Group

Before the Plan was approved by the Project Steering Committee, a Stakeholder Working Group was established following two workshops in Auckland and Thames in 2014. This working group included users of the marine environment - those who use it for fun, food or business - and these representatives helped with the develoment of the Plan after providing, compiling and considering information and expert advisory reports.  

The public had their say on the Plan in 2014.