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3.1 Objectives of the new Marine Protected Areas Act

The new MPA Act will meet the following objectives:

  1. A representative and adaptable network of MPAs is created over time to enhance, protect and restore marine biodiversity in New Zealand’s territorial sea.
  2. Decisions about environmental protection and economic growth are made in a planned and integrated way, based on sound evidence, to maximise the benefits to New Zealand.
  3. Customary rights and values are recognised, ensuring the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi are met and the Crown’s Treaty obligations are delivered.
  4. Collaboration is supported through meaningful engagement with iwi/Māori, local communities, business and the wider public.
  5. Varying levels of protection and use are provided for, including consideration of all existing and future uses and values.
  6. New Zealand’s international obligations in relation to the marine environment are met.