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Section 7: Consultation process

7.1 How to make a submission

The Government welcomes your feedback on this consultation document. The questions posed throughout this document are summarised below. They are a guide only and all comments are welcome. You do not have to answer all the questions.

To ensure your point of view is clearly understood, you should explain your rationale and provide supporting evidence where appropriate.

You can make a submission in three ways:

If you are posting your submission, send it to New MPA Act, Ministry for the Environment,
PO Box 10362, Wellington 6143 and include:

  • the title of the consultation (New MPA Act)
  • your name or organisation name
  • postal address
  • telephone number
  • email address.

If you are emailing your submission, send it to as a:

  • PDF
  • Microsoft Word document (2003 or later version).

Submissions close at 5.00pm on Friday 11 March 2016.

7.2 Public events and hui

Public engagement events and hui to provide further information on the detail of the proposals will be held throughout the country. More information on these events is available at

7.3 Contact for queries

Please direct any queries to:
Phone: +64 4 439 7400
Postal: New MPA Act, Ministry for the Environment, PO Box 10362, Wellington 6143

7.4 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.

7.5 Questions to guide your feedback

Section 2: The need for a new approach to marine protection

  1. Do you agree there is a need for reform of New Zealand’s approach to marine protection?
  2. Are there any significant issues that haven’t been identified?
  3. Are there parts of the existing approach to marine protection that should be retained? Why?

Section 3: The proposal: a new approach to marine protection

  1. Do you support the outlined objectives of the new MPA Act?
  2. Are there additional objectives that should be included in marine protection reform?
  3. Are the four categories proposed for marine protection an appropriate way to achieve a representative and adaptable network of MPAs (objectives 1, 2, 5 and 6)?
  4. If the options outlined in table 1 were applied in an area of interest to you, what impact would that have on your existing or future activities?
  5. Does the approach take account of the way the fishing sector operates? Why/why not?
  6. Does the approach take account of the way the oil, gas and minerals sector operates? Why/why not?
  7. Are there other economic interests that haven’t been covered?
  8. Is the new MPA Act likely to have the intended effect that decisions about environmental protection and economic growth are made in a planned and integrated way (objective 2)? Why/why not?

Section 4: How it will work: a new process for establishing marine protected areas

  1. What do you think would be the best process for initiating MPA proposals in areas where multiple categories of protection may be needed?
  2. Are the proposed MPA decision-making processes (collaborative process and board of inquiry process) the best way of achieving our objectives (2, 3, 4 and 5)? Why/why not?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having two different decision-making processes? Is one of the processes preferable to the other or are there alternative decision-making processes that would better achieve the desired outcomes (objectives 2, 4 and 5)?
  4. Do you agree with the proposed review arrangements? Why/why not? Are there any additional approaches that should be considered for reviewing MPAs?
  5. Are the proposed decision-making processes sufficient to ensure customary interests, rights and values are appropriately taken into account, Treaty of Waitangi principles are met, and decisions are consistent with the Crown’s historical Treaty settlement obligations (objectives 3 and 4)? If not, what are your concerns?

Section 5: Recreational fishing parks

Please be clear as to whether your responses apply to the Hauraki Gulf, Marlborough Sounds or both proposed areas.

  1. Do you support the proposal for recreational fishing parks in the Hauraki Gulf and Marlborough Sounds?
  2. What do you think should be the boundary lines for the recreational fishing parks? In the Hauraki Gulf, could we use the Statistical Area 7 of Fishing Management Area 1 (see map 1)? In the Marlborough Sounds, could we use the Blue Cod Management Area (see map 2)? Are these boundary lines easily recognisable, that is, would prominent landmarks help with identifying the boundaries of the park when you are on a boat?
  3. Do you think commercial fishing should be allowed to continue for some species within recreational fishing parks? If so, what species would you allow and why?
  4. What do you think about the proposed compensation scheme for commercial fishing affected by the creation of recreational fishing parks?
  5. What do you think about who should manage the recreational fishing parks? How could the park management work together with existing groups?
  6. How should benefits and changes created through the proposed parks be monitored? How could this work?

Section 6: Implementation

  1. Do you agree with the proposed arrangements for transitioning existing MPAs? If not, what are your concerns?
  2. Do you agree that customary management areas should be able to be used alongside the proposed MPA Act to create integrated management packages? If not, what are your concerns?
  3. What would be required to ensure the integrity of current protected areas is maintained while achieving the objectives of the new MPA Act (section 3.1)?
  4. Are the proposed approaches sufficient to ensure communities are involved in managing MPAs? Are there alternative approaches that would better ensure community involvement in managing MPAs?
  5. What role can iwi/Māori play in managing MPAs? Are the proposed approaches sufficient to ensure iwi/Māori are involved in managing MPAs?
  6. Do you agree with managing commercial tourism activities in MPAs in a similar way to how they are managed on public conservation land? Why/why not?

7.6 What happens next?

Once submissions have been considered, further work will be undertaken to refine the proposals and draft the new MPA Act.

The Government intends to progress this work into a Bill to be introduced to Parliament. Further opportunity to engage with the development of the new MPA Act will be available through the Local Government and Environment Select Committee process.