Quick facts about the Hakaimango-Matiatia Marine Reserve proposal
The first new marine reserve proposal in the Hauraki Gulf for 20 years
The top-priority site recommended by marine scientists in feasibility studies commissioned by the Waiheke Local Board and published in 2017
Located between Matiatia Point (the north head of Matiatia Bay) and Hakaimango (the western head of Oneroa Bay); extends 3km north from Hakaimango;then 4.5km westward to a line 2.1km west of Matiatia, then southward 4.2km, then eastward to Matiatia Point comprising some 2500 ha
Is a marine ecological transition zone between the outer and inner Hauraki Gulf
Remarkable existing environmental values, a highly diverse, indented foreshore, islets and Miocene fossil bearing cliffs, highly productive undersea rock terraces and kelp forests making it highly suitable for ecological restoration
Important feeding ground for seabirds and marine mammals
Ideal habitat for lost taonga species hāpuku, kōura (crayfish), kekeno (seals)
2,500 ha, the largest marine reserve in the Hauraki Gulf
Readily accessible for those who wish to study or who just appreciate the marine environment and the natural world,
We need your help!
Please let us know by email if you know of any people who would like to be added to this emailing list.
We will gratefully receive and acknowledge donations to our cause. All the work has been done, and now we need a little more to get our proposal over the line.
Specifically, we need around $2,000- to meet our statutory obligations to provide public notices in newspapers. After that, which will happen at the end of July, DOC will take over the formal consultation process for two months. We then get the opportunity to address any concerns raised in this consultation, for another month beyond that.
Our bank account details are:
Friends of the Hauraki Gulf
Kiwibank, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
Letters in support of the marine reserve proposal to the media, especially Waiheke’s Gulf News would be greatly appreciated too! Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
“The difference in living next to Te Matuku Marine Reserve has been a phenomenal improvement.
“We see big fish jumping every day. We see kingfish, stingrays, and at every low tide there are the burrows created in the mud by feeding snapper. We’ve seen a seal come in to the bay. And there are many, many more birds catching fish.”
- Cyril Wright, who has lived on the shore there, at Koha Bay since 1980. (Te Matuku Marine Reserve was only finally ratified in 2005)
“Change is incremental and momentum is building: more and more people do appreciate the wonders of marine reserves, understand their value and talk and show others what treasures you have found…Pimbies (Please In My Back Yard!) may be like me and think ‘how wonderful!’ Otherwise our conversation risks being timid and fearful rather than celebratory and exciting.”
- Janet Hunt, author of Our Big Blue Backyard.
Forest & Bird is strongly supportive of greatly increased protection of marine ecosystems around the island, and urges the [Waiheke Local] Board to take your proposal further.
- Kevin Hague, Forest & Bird Chief Executive Kaiwhakahaere Matua
Friends of the Hauraki Gulf is a Waiheke Island-based conservation research group working toward the establishment of a network of marine reserves around the coast of the island.
All our work is based on best-practice science, and always has protection of our sustaining environment foremost.
Friends of the Hauraki Gulf is a registered incorporated society.