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 Council1 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.