Marine biodiversity in the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana is critically important to Aotearoa New Zealand, but is in a state of sustained and dramatic decline
The Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana is a taonga for Aotearoa, distinguished by its unique features and values. It is one of the most heavily utilised coastal areas in Aotearoa New Zealand and has significant historical and cultural importance for tangata whenua, and a long history of commercial and recreational use.
Climate change and human activity – both on land and at sea – has taken an incredible toll on the health and mauri of the Gulf, leaving habitats and biodiversity in the Hauraki Gulf in a state of dramatic decline. In order to safeguard the Gulf for future generations, we must allow its marine ecosystems and resident native biodiversity to recover and build resilience.