Public consultation was started on 17 February 2020 and withdrawn on 9 April due to New Zealand’s COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, which limited people’s ability to participate meaningfully. Consultation recommenced on 3 June 2020.
The proposed network is unchanged from that initially consulted on in February.
Proposed marine protection
The proposed network aims to protect a range of unique coastal and estuarine habitats and feeding areas for marine mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates, which are currently under pressure from the effects of human activities including climate change.
The proposed network is made up of six marine reserves, five Type 2 marine protected areas (MPAs), and one kelp protection area, covering a total of 1267 km2 from Timaru in South Canterbury to Waipapa Point in Southland.
The six proposed marine reserves are being consulted on under the Marine Reserves Act, while the five proposed type 2 MPAs and the proposed kelp protection area are being consulted on under the Fisheries Act.
Maps of the proposed network
Kelp protection area:
Type 2 Marine Protected Areas:
- Kaimata Type 2 Marine Protected Area (PDF, 851K)
- Moko-tere-a-torehu Type 2 Marine Protected Area (PDF, 1,083K)
- Tahakopa Type 2 Marine Protected Area (PDF, 1,033K)
- Tuhawaiki Type 2 Marine Protected Area (PDF, 1,188K)
- Whakatorea Type 2 Marine Protected Area (PDF, 957K)
- Hākinikini Marine Reserve (PDF, 898K)
- Okaihae Marine Reserve (PDF, 767K)
- Ōrau Marine Reserve (PDF, 1,016K)
- Papanui Marine Reserve (PDF, 747K)
- Te Umu Koau Marine Reserve (PDF, 772K)
- Waitaki Marine Reserve (PDF, 674K)
Call for submissions
We want to hear from iwi, hapū and whānau, stakeholders, groups and the public on how to progress the network of marine protected areas to best protect our environment and valuable marine biodiversity. We also want to understand what impacts any protected areas might have on you.
We know the network proposed will have an impact on the people who rely on the sea for their livelihoods or enjoy fishing as part of their lifestyle. We want to better understand that impact and encourage those directly affected to have their say.
People have two months from 3 June to 3 August 2020 to make objections and submissions on the proposed network and individual marine protection measures within it.
How to make a submission
The consultation document with maps and information about the proposed marine reserves and marine protected areas, and a link to make online submissions, are available on the consultation website.
Alternatively, submissions can be emailed to email@example.com.
If you're unable to make an online submission, you can post a submission to:
Proposed south-east marine protection network
Department of Conservation
PO Box 10420
How to see a hardcopy
If you're unable to access the consultation document online or want to access a hard copy, printed copies are available for viewing at the following locations during office hours:
- Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
- Mahaanui/Sockburn Office (DOC)
- Raukapuka/Geraldine Office (DOC)
- Waimate Public Library
- Oamaru Public Library
- Ōtepoti/Dunedin Office (DOC)
- Dunedin Visitor Centre
- Balclutha Public Library
- Murihiku/Invercargill Office (DOC)
Hard copies are also available on request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOC plans to provide email updates to stakeholders during the consultation period. If you have any further questions or would like to receive these updates, email us at email@example.com.
DOC is investigating options for live online question and answer sessions with the public. Should these go ahead, details of these sessions will be updated on this webpage.
If you have already submitted
If you have already made a submission on the proposed network after consultation began in February 2020, this has been saved and will be included in this consultation unless you want to change or withdraw it.
We will be contacting those who made submissions during February to April 2020, to check if you want to include your submission unchanged, or update or withdraw it.
If you made or began making an electronic submission and we have your email address, we will contact you by email with further instructions. If you posted your submission, we will be in contact by mail or email.
If you made a submission but don’t hear from us, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your submission incomplete
If you started but did not complete an electronic submission, this will not be included in the consultation unless it is completed and submitted.
We will contact you by email with further instructions but if you don’t hear from us, email: email@example.com.
What happens next
DOC and Fisheries New Zealand (FNZ) will continue to consult with our Treaty partner Ngāi Tahu about the proposed network and their aspirations for co-managing marine protection in the region.
FNZ are also planning to undertake targeted consultation with affected commercial fishers.
Once consultation closes, the Minister of Conservation and the Minister of Fisheries (the Ministers) will make decisions considering all available and relevant information, the submissions received, and the merits of the proposals.
In May 2019, the Ministers announced their intention to progress the network of marine reserves and marine protected areas. The network is based on Network 1 – one of two options put forward by the South-East Marine Protection Forum/ Roopu Manaaki ki te Toka in 2018 for marine protection for the region.