WWF-New Zealand: Submission in support of a Temporary Closure (under s186A) on Waiheke Island.
Waiheke Island lies in the centre of the Hauraki Gulf, and its marine ecosystems are affected by sedimentation, pollution, unsustainable fishing and climate change. Numerous reports on the status of the Hauraki Gulf have documented the decline in the health and abundance of ecosystems.
Ngati Pāoa have requested that the closure be put in place for four kaimoana species of concern - Kōura (Crayfish), Pāua (Abalone), Kūtai (Green Lipped Mussels) and Tipa (Scallops). Of particular concern is that kaumatua have witnessed loss over a period of decades and report a loss of lived experiences with tāonga species, and a loss of relationship with these key species for tamariki on the island, now and for future generations. Their aim is to stop the further decline of these important kaimoana species and to enable their recovery, thus preserving a lived connection between tangata whenua and their tāonga species.