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Tiri Reserve Proposal

Tiritiri Matangi Marine Reserve Proposal



The New Zealand Underwater Association (NZUA) issued a proposal for a marine reserve for the area at the end of Whangaparaoa Peninsula and Tiritiri Matangi Island in late December 2002. Submissions to the proposal were requested by NZUA. The late December (23rd) release of the proposal left many people unaware of its existence as the main holiday season was only days away.

Original submission deadline was 28th February 2003. After much lobbying, the deadline was extended to the 31st March. Notification of this extension was received on the 25th February.

Tangata whenua, the Mayor of Rodney District Council, the NZ Big Game Fishing Council and many other organisations came on board to support the Tiri Action Group (TAG) in their opposition to the marine reserve proposal.

The following is a record of the process held by option4.

Submission period for this proposal CLOSED on 31 March 2003

Background Information
NZUA respond to TAG and ignore the request for more information. They advise how they intend to manipulate the submission analysis outcome.
Note: A response from TAG will be posted here ASAP.

8 Sep 03

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TAG write another letter to NZUA requesting a more complete budget and analysis of submissions.

22 Aug 03

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TAG respond to NZUA's budget and request a more complete document

4 Jul 03

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Address to the Auckland Conservation Board regarding the ad hoc approach to marine protection including Tiritiri June 2003.

26 Jun 03

NZUA provide a budget for the marine reserve proposal 3 months after the original request. A poor attempt to explain the expenditure of public fund.

25 Jun 03

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TAG respond to NZUA's call to use Sir Peter Blake's name for their proposal.

19 Jun 03

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Media release from NZUA. A cynical attempt at gaining support for their marine reserve proposal.

16 Jun 03

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option4 address the Auckland Conservation Board at their meeting held at Arataki Visitors Centre in the Waitakere Ranges.

14 May 03

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The ACB minutes and record of the Arataki meeting including the presentation by the Tiri Action Group.

14 May 03

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They Mayor of Rodney District Council supports the Tiri Action Group at their April meeting.

10 Apr 03

Tiri Action Group (TAG) submission to NZUA on their marine reserve proposal for Tiritiri Matangi.

31 Mar 03

Auckland Conservation Board submission on the Tiritiri Matangi marine reserve proposal from NZ Underwater.

31 Mar 03

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Ngati Whatua's submission to the Tiritiri Matangi marine reserve proposal by NZUA.

28 Mar 03

(Pdf 180Kb)

The Draft Proposal for Public Discussion. This may be read online at the New Zealand Underwater site and then go to their Environmental section.

Mar 2003

Golden Years Society Submission to NZUA proposal.

A well written submission with a particular emphasis on the sewerage discharge aspect of the proposed area.

Mar 2003

Auckland Conservation Board discuss the proposal from NZUA for a marine reserve at Tiritiri Matangi.

27 Feb 03

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Les Sharman representing Hibiscus Sea Rescue Trust presents very valid safety concerns to the Enviromental committee of Rodney District Council.

27 Feb 03

The online submission form to comment on the Tiritiri Matangi marine reserve proposal available here...

23 Feb 03

option4 Alert #3 sent to the database informing them of the process and asking people to submit.

23 Feb 03

Tiri Action Group media release discussing the proposal for a marine reserve at the end of Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

14 Feb 03

The Tiri Action Group write to NZUA asking for an extension to the submission deadline for their marine reserve proposal.

10 Feb 03

Tangata whenua statement. Jane West of Ngati Whatua makes it quite clear how tangata whenua believe this proposal should be addressed.

4 Feb 03

Analysis of process to date. TAG have compiled a timeline of events.

Feb 2003

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Sam Mossman offers insight and poses questions. Sam, a respected long time writer gets right to the heart of the issues.

Feb 2003

Tiritiri Action Group objection form

Link to a printable submission form on another website.


Marine Conservation – This site has a wealth of information totally relevant to this proposal. https://www.seafriends.org.nz/issues/cons/marine.htm


NZRFC, NNZBGFC and MTA Submissions to the Review of the Marine Reserve Act. These offer real depth to the debate.


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Forest and Bird letter to their Committees regards the Tiritiri Marine Reserve proposal from New Zealand Underwater Association. This letter discusses Marine Reserves as fisheries management tools.

22 Jan 03

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NZU survey 336 people in 2002 asking questions about a marine reserve at Tiritiri Matangi


Marine reserves are not working - why hurry?

An excellent article by Dr Floor Anthoni, director of Seafriends Marine Conservation and Education Centre in Leigh.

30 Jan 01


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