Consultation on proposed reforms to the management of marine protected areas

This consultation is closed

About the consultation

The Government sought feedback on its proposed changes to the way we provide for and manage marine protected areas in New Zealand.

Consultation document

For information on what is proposed read our consultation document.

Public events and hui

Public events and hui were held throughout the country to provide further information on the detail of the proposed reforms to the management of marine protected areas. 

Hui on the proposed reforms

Please note the hui with iwi/Māori ran in tandem with the consultation on fresh water and the Ture Whenua Māori Act review. 

City/town Venue Date Time
Wellington  Te Puni Kokiri  Head Office, 143 Lambton Quay 13 January 


Auckland Novotel Hotel, Auckland International Airport 2022 Emery Drive 13 January 


Gisborne Whakato Marae, 31-33 Whakato Road, Manutuke 15 January  3pm
Hamilton Kingsgate Hotel 100 Garnett Avenue Te Rapa 18 January  11am
Tauranga Trinity Wharf, 51 Dive Crescent 18 January  3pm
Te Hapua Te Reo Mihi marae, main road  19 January 2pm
Kaitaia Community hall, Te Ahu Centre Cnr South Rd and Matthews Ave 19 January  6pm
New Plymouth Waiokura, Winks Road, Manaia 22 January  1.30pm
Whanganui Te Puni Kokiri  offices, 357 Victoria Ave 28 January  10am
Blenheim Chateau Marlborough, 95-117 High Street 15 February 10am

The Rutherford Hotel, 27 Nile Street

15 February 2.30pm
Invercargill Murihiku Marae, 408 Tramway Road 16 February 11am


Te Whare o Te Waipounamu, 15 Show Place 17 February 10am

Otakou Marae, 45 Tamatea Road

Sunday 6 March 12 noon to 2pm

Public engagement events on the proposed reforms

City/town Venue Date Time

Scenic Hotel Marlborough, 65 Alfred Street

11 February 

11.30am – 1.30pm 


Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square, 52 Cathedral Square

12 February 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Rydges Auckland, 59 Federal Street

16 February 11.30am – 1.30pm

Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay, 100 Oriental Parade 

17 February  5.30pm – 7.30pm

Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin, 10 Smith Street

22 February 6pm – 8pm

Public engagement events that focus on the proposed recreational fishing parks 

City/town Venue Date Time


Scenic Hotel Marlborough, 65 Alfred Street 11 February  5.30pm – 7.30pm

Thames War Memorial Civic Centre - auditorium, 200 Mary Street

15 February 5.30pm – 7.30pm 

Rydges Auckland, 59 Federal Street

16 February  5.30pm – 7.30pm 


Closing date for submissions

Submissions closed at 5.00pm on 11 March 2016.

Publishing and releasing submissions

All or part of any written submission (including names of submitters), may be published on the Ministry for the Environment’s website, Unless you clearly specify otherwise in your submission, the Ministry will consider that you have consented to website posting of both your submission and your name.

Contents of submissions may be released to the public under the Official Information Act 1982 following requests to the Ministry for the Environment (including via email). Please advise if you have any objection to the release of any information contained in a submission and, in particular, which part(s) you consider should be withheld, together with the reason(s) for withholding the information. We will take into account all such objections when responding to requests for copies of, and information on, submissions to this document under the Official Information Act.

The Privacy Act 1993 applies certain principles about the collection, use and disclosure of information about individuals by various agencies, including the Ministry for the Environment. It governs access by individuals to information about themselves held by agencies. Any personal information you supply to the Ministry in the course of making a submission will be used by the Ministry only in relation to the matters covered by this document. Please clearly indicate in your submission if you do not wish your name to be included in any summary of submissions that the Ministry may publish.

Further information

For further information on the proposed Marine Protected Areas Act please contact the Ministry for the Environment on:

  • Phone: +64 4 439 7400
  • Email:
  • Postal: New MPA Act, Ministry for the Environment, PO Box 10362, Wellington 6143.

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