Kaipara Fisheries and its Social-Ecosystem

It has been three years since our last ‘blog’ post and you are probably wondering where we have been, what we have been doing.  If you are interested in this, check out the IKHMG Facebook for a quick update.

We are intending to re-start our blog with a more strategic dialogue function on particular topics that may need more critical thinking, strategic and long-term analysis which we don’t tend to do in our Facebook entries or our Kaipara ripples & waves e-newsletter.

A key purpose of IKHMG is to promote and coordinate integrated management and action.  The Kaipara harbour strategic plan provides ideas how implementation of this should be strategically approached, given the social, political, economic and institutional context of the Kaipara.  The plan asks for information and knowledge to be respectably co-produced from both science and mātauranga Māori.  In addition, innovative methods are required to address the large, complex and conflicting issues, values and perspectives and practices, and the plan provides an example, in that innovation seek to incorporate a trans-disciplinary approach to achieving the longterm objective of integrated management and coordinated inter-agency management.

With this in mind it is our intention to continue and extend the work of the IKHMG by promoting discussion that encapsulates the amalgamation of scientific objectivity, mātauranga Māori, and community founded knowledge.

It should be noted that discussion generated here adheres to an integrated perspective. It can be expected then that any area of discussion will inevitably overlap into others. So, for example, while our first topic of discussion is fisheries, to isolate fisheries from the many other facets of the Kaipara Harbour is regarded by this forum as contradictory to the principle of integrated management.

Critical analysis of Kaipara fisheries

Our first topic of critical thought will be on the corporatisation of fisheries. We bring a four-part analysis of the activity of fisheries and the social-ecosystem in which it operates.

Part 1 will seek to identify the problem(s) facing Kaipara Harbour fisheries. We will initially draw from existing material compiled by the IKHMG and the Fisheries Subkomiti. Secondary sources will include recent international critiques of fisheries management with a particular focus on inshore fisheries. From there it is envisaged discussion will add to a broad oversight into identifying the problem(s) surrounding Kaipara Harbour fisheries, on the understanding that any conclusion is not a final model; the purpose is to encourage and generate ongoing discussion.

In consideration of Part 1, we will explore in Part 2 alternative frameworks for fisheries management, developing a critique of existing management systems. We suggest the writing of an alternative fisheries ecosystem model should suggest at least 3 frameworks:

1) Commoning

2) Social-ecological systems

3) Ecosystem-based management (EBM)


Why would we look at these three models?  Because we are interested in social inequality and power/control dynamics within common property regimes like Fisheries management, and the implications of such struggles for social justice and ‘good’ management of resources. This section will examine what is meant by these terms and the implications thereof, drawing from recent global case studies of inshore fisheries.

Part 3 asks if the Kaipara Harbour is an isolated case. To this end we approach our west coast cousins; Kawhia, Hokianga, Aotea, Whaingaroa (Raglan) and Manukau, with the possibility of extending the discussion beyond the west coast of the North Island, to include, for example, Tauranga Moana.

Part 4 looks at implementing an equitable, sustainable, and just framework for an integrated fisheries ecosystem-based management regime. What would this look like; what would be the purpose and goals of such a regime; what are the roles and responsibilities; what practices will be adopted for what outcomes; what moral and ethical principles will guide this regime?


Feedback, comments:

We encourage you to become involved in this forum and ask to add your views, comments, and/or questions in the “comments” section below.

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Graeme Sait – World Soil Health Expert (Guest speaker at our event)

Don’t miss this chance to hear a World leader in soil, human and planetary wellness speak.

 guest-speaker - graeme sait

Graeme Sait is the CEO and co-founder of Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS), a world leader in biological agriculture. He is also an internationally renowned speaker, an expert in nutrition, author of “Nutrition Rules” and has published over 300 articles.

Graeme travels the world spreading the word about the importance of soil and human nutrition. He created the internationally acclaimed, four day, Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and has trained over 20,000 farmers and consultants internationally. With a depth understanding of ecology, soil, bacteria and fungi, Graeme Sait has the formula to bring the land back into sustainability and strategies of eliminating chemicals that ends up into the Harbour.

His captivating presentations cover every aspect of wellness and his deliverance are infused with entertainment style while delivering educational and inspirational speeches. His presentation are often described as “life changing”.

Do not miss out on this two day symposium of Kaipara Moana   Looking Back…Thinking Forward event happening this weekend 15-16 November, Te Ao Marama Centre, Te Hana. Don’t’ forget that the event will be filled with expert speakers including acclaimed nutrition specialist – Graeme Sait.

Please register and come and learn strategies to improve the health of our farm, our Harbour, our land and our water.


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Discover the world where you live – conservation week

Discover what the Kaipara Harbour has to offer through the work of IKHMG

fish nursery

The Kaipara Harbour is 947 km2 with 800 kilometre shorelines and is the second largest Harbour in the southern hemisphere. It is a large estuary and supports an array of fish species, oysters, mussels and scallops. The Harbour is also home to juvenile snapper, and it is estimated that about 90% of New Zealand snapper use this Harbour as a nursery. Juvenile snapper are attracted to the Harbour because of its sea-grass. Sea-grass are very important for the juvenile snapper as they provide a nursery home for fish. Sea-grass also help trap sand and mud deterring both from making it into the nursery. As sediments and farm run-off from the river banks finds its ways in the Harbour this causes problems for the nurseries.

The Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group (IKHMG) has been working with landowners to clean up their local waterways through planting and fencing. IKHMG has also established eight flagship sites (a mix of dairy, sheep, beef and limestone quarry) that were set up to showcase best practice and improve the management of their land. IKHMG has been working on restoring wetlands within the Kaipara region through tree planting. They hope to plant 2 million trees by 2015, as these will help filter sediments and waste that usually end up in the harbour. IKHMG has also been working together with stakeholders and the wider community toward the restoration, health and productivity of the Kaipara Harbour. This collaborative effort has proven to be the backbone of the restoration process.

To find out more about the work of the IKHMG and how you may get involved, come along to the IKHMG inauguration event ‘Kaipara Moana – looking back…thinking forward’ being held this November 15 -16, 2014 at Te Hana Te Ao Marama, Te Hana, NZ.

For more information on how to register follow this link http://www.kaiparaharbour.net.nz/KaiparaMoana#

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Pre-register for IKHMG Events!

We are 10 days out!

listen to the radio advert, inviting you to the IKHMG’s inaugural event happening on 15 -16 November 2014  focusing on the health and productivity of the Kaipara moana

The Kaipara Harbour is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere – covers 94,700ha and soaks up run-off from a river network of more than 9000km, in a 6400sq km catchment. More than half of that catchment supports productive pasture. Keeping this harbour safe and health has been one of the work IKHMG has been involved in. This event is an opportunity to learn of all the hard work that has been happening over the last 10 years and ways to go forward.

There is still time to register for the ‘Kaipara Moana’ Looking Back… Thinking Forward event – kaiparaharbour.net.nz/KaiparaMoana


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Tim Brandenburg – Fonterra Project Manager Living Water Partnership

Here is our latest video of Tim Brandenburg talking about the challenges the Kaipara Harbour has been facing and how we need to understand the effect of the environment such as climate change plus how we can work together to change these challenges.

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Introducing Willie Wright Chairman of IKHMG explaining how the group began

checkout the latest video with Willie Wright explaining how the and why the group began

Take this opportunity to also celebrate a 10 year partnership, and experience first hand the IKHMG has been doing and  to network, to share knowledge, and to support action under the theme of a ‘Kaipara Moana: looking back, thinking forward‘.

register for the event of the inauguration on 15, 16 November 2014
>>> kaiparaharbour.net.nz/KaiparaMoana

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Worth approximately US$119 billion; aquaculture has become the fastest growing area in the global food economy. The Kaipara Harbour is big on aquaculture with almost 45% of New Zealand’s Pacific Rock Oysters being farmed in the region. In addition to this the Kaipara district is economically dependant on agriculture (with a large dairy sector), horticulture, sand mining and quarries. The Kaipara Harbour region could be the best place for business and investing, as it has natural and local advantages such as very productive and fertile soils, natural beauty, and its proximity to and the relationship with the largest market in New Zealand, especially Auckland.

The Kaipara Harbour is the largest enclosed harbour and estuarine system in New Zealand. Its northern side falls within the boundaries of the Kaipara District Council and Northland Regional Council, while the southern side lies within the jurisdiction of Auckland Regional Council. However the Harbour has been in a major environmental decline. Shrinking fish stocks, increasing sedimentation, poor water quality are among the issues faced by the Harbour. As the Harbour encompasses a variety of environments including inter-tidal mudflats, mangrove forests, swamps, sand flats and salt meadows. It is an important habitat for diverse flora and fauna, including globally threatened species, and has been identified as a site of significant wildlife interest with a wildlife habitat. The land surrounding the harbour is similarly diverse, with sand dunes, river valleys, rolling hills, steep ranges and some unmodified native forests.

The IKHMG has been working with various stakeholders and local communities to change this and make the Harbour a safer environmental place through the teaching of sustainable and environmental friendly farming, which in return will also help the region bloom and shift the economy that can keep on supporting the well-being of its communities. The Kaipara Harbour can be capable of contributing largely to the New Zealand economy through its richness of marine life and fertile soil in the enclosed region.

For more information on the work the IKHMG has been doing for the last 10 years please come and attend an inaugural event being hosted on November 15-16, 2014 at the Te Hana Te Ao Marama, Te Hana NZ showcasing and celebrating our taonga.

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