Glenda Bostwick is kicking off the new spatial plan for the Hauraki gulf and is seeking contributions from people in the Puhoi area. If you are a Puhoi local with an interest in the future management of our beautiful marine environment, please spare some time to attend and give our community a voice…
Tai Timu Tai Pari and the community meeting at the Orewa Surf Life Saving Club on Tuesday 22 April, from 5pm. This will be a small-group meeting to share information and stories of the gulf. We will be looking at how it used to be, what’s changed, or not, what you value and what your aspirations are for its future.
The marine spatial plan is being developed over the next 18 months by mana whenua, Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, DOC and the Ministry of Primary Industries. It has a stakeholder working group of 14, representing organisations with an interest in the gulf, with members who have been selected by their peers to work collaboratively and find agreement on the use and protection of the gulf over the next 30 years. Our role is to make sure all the issues and points of view are at their table.
I recommend you have a look at the project website, www.seachange.org.nz. The project’s monthly newsletter is there, background information about the project as well as a survey, open till next Monday, 21 April, which gives you the opportunity to share your experience of the gulf: the places you visit – sea, coast, and islands – and why you value these locations. You will also have the chance to go into the draw to win a Waiheke Island Explorer Tour family pass for two adults and two children. You are very welcome to forward this information about the survey and the web site address to any of your friends, family and colleagues, who would appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the project and to have their say online.
I look forward to meeting you at the Orewa Surf Life Saving Club next Tuesday after work! Please feel free to call me on my mobile if you have any questions in the meantime. If you are not able to make the meeting, you may like to nominate a colleague to take your place.
Noho ora mai | Best wishes Glenda
Glenda Bostwick | Consultation and Engagement Advisor
Auckland Council Mob 027 214 2019