If people in every electorate call for them to establish the Kermadec Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary, Parliament will have no choice but to get it done, embodying the rights and wishes of mana whenua.
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As New Zealanders, we like to think of ourselves as an innovative, leading, passionate ocean nation. Aotearoa's oceans are 15 times the area of our land, and our sports people excel on the water.
But less than 1% of our oceans are fully protected from exploitation - fishing, seabed mining, and oil exploration.
We need a nationwide network of fully protected ocean sanctuaries - starting with the Kermadec Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary. 1000 km north of Auckland, the Kermadec region is a globally significant biodiversity hotspot, teeming with life - whales, sharks, turtles and big ocean fish. Many of these species live nowhere else.
The overwhelming majority of New Zealanders support the Sanctuary. Recent polling shows that 93% want Parliament to get it done - including 82% of Māori. Our government needs to work out a solution reflecting both our international obligations and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, embodying the rights and wishes of mana whenua.
Our polling shows that 93% of Kiwis support the Kermadec Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary - including 82% of Māori.