To Clerk of the Committee
Auckland Governance Legislative Select Committee
Select Committee Office
23 June 2009
Dear Sir re: Auckland Governance
I wish to affirm the special importance of Waiheke Island as Guardian of the Gulf.
I support the concept that Hauraki Gulf Islands be excluded from the Bill and that separate governance arrangements be made for them’
I believe the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act should be strengthened, and a Hauraki Gulf Reserve be formed. Within this structure , the Islands should be run by their residents.
I recommend the following :
a) Redefine “Auckland” in Clause 5 of the Bill to include the isthmus, but to exclude the Hauraki Gulf and its Islands.
b) Add a clause to the Bill to establish a separate authority for the Hauraki Gulf and its Islands, committed to seeking international recognition for its integrated approach to sustainability.