KAIPARA DISTRICT THE NEXT BEST PLACE FOR BUSINESS AND INVESTING

Kaipara

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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Plenary Speaker of Our Event

The Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group is pleased to introduce Kevin Prime – Environment Court Commissioner, farmer, forester, policy adviser and plenary speaker at our upcoming event:

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Kevin Prime

Kevin’s plenary speech will share his perspectives on the integration of Western and Māori knowledge – drawing on examples from his family farm in Motatau, where he has ensured mātauranga Māori continues to be utilised within his business, and in the protection and health of the environment where he lives and works.

As a Māori leader, Kevin Prime believes in locally developed solutions.  This means active participation from communities and that a balance between economic development and sustainability is central to the ongoing future success of a healthy and productive region. Within these themes, he will address the importance of community involvement in the future health of the Kaipara Moana.

Kaipara Moana   Looking Back…Thinking Forward 15-16 November, Te Ao Marama Centre, Te Hana


Register the event online!

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Introduction of flagship sites

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Earle Wright and his cattle.

The flagship program is one of the most important IKHMG initiatives. Flagship farming is about demonstrating and sharing understanding of what sustainable best-practice looks like and how on-farm practices can contribute to the restoration of the Kaipara Harbour.


Flagship farming is not about performing any differently from other farms
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its about improving land and stock management to both add to farm bottom lines and to ongoing environmental sustainability.  Flagship farms go beyond just following guidelines and principles in relation to ‘best practice’, but also provide an opportunity to share knowledge and experience of farming smarter, and to establish a strong relationships between landowners, the community and the environment.
Flagship farming is not unique to the Kaipara – There are some interesting flagship farming examples from around the world demonstrating that environment sustainability and ethical practice is also economically efficient.

So, we would like everyone to know what we are doing in this land, in the place we live, work and play!.

Introducing … Earle Wright, dairy farmer of Taporapora

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Roger Taylor, General Manager of Hanerau Farms, Maungaturoto

 

The program started on 2011, after nearly four years developing, we have achieved:

  1. 9 out of 11 sites established with partners (includes 8 farms and 1 industrial site )
  2. 40,000 trees planted at sites
  3. 11 field days attracting around 420 participants (50% farmers) have been held
  4. Over 4 km riparian and coastal fencing has been completed
  5. 6 farm plans and water quality improvement plans developed
  6. Outreach through media and networking
  7. Mentoring other landowners
  8. Expertise spreadout from sites to partners and neighbours
  9. Research: two years of baseline monitoring programs at 9 sites (measuring water quality, cultural health, visual soil assessment, freshwater & coastal fauna and flora)Learn more about our coming event that giving you more detail about our Kaipara Moana.The event page:
     — >> Looking back … thinking forward << —

     

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    Northland dairy farming brothers Earle & Kevin Wright and the Unitec Comms team.

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Looking back – Thinking forward. An IKHMG Event

The Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group are hosting an exciting event in Te Hana on the 15th and 16th of November and we would love to see you all there!!!

The Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group has been working with local communities, government and business for ten years, developing a integrated system to reduce the negative environmental impact on our harbour.

Over the course of this two-day event we are going to showcase and celebrate our collaborative achievements as well as illustrate a range of unique and sustainable systems for maintaining a healthy harbour.  A variety of speakers will be attending including well-known members of the local community who have invited their farms to become one of several flagship sites. They will talk about the environmental, production and economic benefits they have seen though employing sustainable systems on their farms. During the event there will be plenty of opportunities to learn, network, and share knowledge and ideas, connect with the community, scientists and other stakeholders. It is also an opportunity to look for future partnerships for practical work, research and policy implementation.

The event will begin with a welcoming powhiri, call to action, keynote plenary speaker Mr Nick Main and three sessions. The sessions will be followed with a pre-dinner networking opportunity with canapés and drinks.   The evening program includes a guest speaker Mr Graeme Sait, and a local kapa haka performance and a hāngi dinner. Day two will be introduced by the keynote plenary speaker Mr Kevin Prime, and four concurrent sessions ending with a panel discussion and wrap-up capturing key outcomes and opportunities looking forward.

As we are all well aware, we have an obligation to the well-being and protection of our environment. And as human beings it is our responsibility to protect our home for our children and the many generations that will follow.

EVENT DETAILS

 

When: 15th & 16th of November from 8:15am

Where: Te Hana Te Ao Marama Māori Cultural Centre

Tickets: Register for tickets here

Pricing:

Full Event (excluding evening)
Student/Child – Applies to children under 12, secondary and tertiary students 0
Kaitiaki/Community – Iwi, hapū, marae kaitiaki and community representatives Koha
Non-government & Business Groups NZ$80.00
Government Organisations NZ$100.00
Day pass for either 15th OR 16th
Student/Child – Applies to children under 12, secondary and tertiary students 0
Kaitiaki/Community – Iwi, hapū, marae kaitiaki and community representatives koha
Non-government & Business Group NZ$50.00
Government Organisation NZ$80.00
Evening
Student/Child – Applies to children under 12, secondary and tertiary students NZ$48.00
Adult NZ$48.00

 

For more information please visit our website www.kaiparaharbour.net.nz

Event Coordinator:

Anna Fomison

mb. 02040450781

e: ikhmgroup@gmail.com

 

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Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group

The “Second Report of the Land & Water Forum: Setting Limits for Water Quality and Quantity, Freshwater Policy – and Plan-Making Through Collaboration. April 2012” defines ‘collaboration’ (pg88):

“Working with a wide range of interested parties in each aspect of decision-making process, including the development of alternatives and the preferred solution(s).  Collaboration provides a greater level of input on the design of the approach and the options and solutions identified than consultation and many other forms of public and sector engagement.”

The Kaipara Moana He Mahere Rautaki Whakakotahi Integrated Strategic Plan of Action (Nov 2012) explains and describes ‘integrated management’ as collaborative, multi-stakeholder and partnerships approach.

This blog entry isn’t about the pro’s and con’s of whats better only simply to highlight the key successful attributes of integrated management and that the IKHMG is one model of the concept of collaboration.  Our starting point (and our ending point 🙂 is…

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The IKHMG: A Collaborative Approach or Integrated Approach?

The “Second Report of the Land & Water Forum: Setting Limits for Water Quality and Quantity, Freshwater Policy – and Plan-Making Through Collaboration. April 2012” defines ‘collaboration’ (pg88):

“Working with a wide range of interested parties in each aspect of decision-making process, including the development of alternatives and the preferred solution(s).  Collaboration provides a greater level of input on the design of the approach and the options and solutions identified than consultation and many other forms of public and sector engagement.”

The Kaipara Moana He Mahere Rautaki Whakakotahi Integrated Strategic Plan of Action (Nov 2012) explains and describes ‘integrated management’ as collaborative, multi-stakeholder and partnerships approach.

This blog entry isn’t about the pro’s and con’s of whats better only simply to highlight the key successful attributes of integrated management and that the IKHMG is one model of the concept of collaboration.  Our starting point (and our ending point 🙂 is our common vision, a healthy and productive Kaipara Harbour.  There is consensus on our vision from our Kaipara fishers, boaties, farmers, environmentalists, landowners, businesses, hapu, tupuna and our mokopuna and children.  A clean, healthy, productive Kaipara Harbour is what we all value and this is shaped by our different worldviews.  I would suggest that with the process of collaboration surely comes a vision which will lead to longterm security (for business & resource), intergenerational benefits, community resilience, ecosystem function & services.

What we have learnt doing this kaupapa is that it has been important to develop our own framework of working and collaborating together.  A framework that is shaped and formed by our vision, principles (both Western Science and Matauranga Māori) and longterm objectives.

Well thats enough brain-teasing on this cold afternoon in NZ.  Your thoughts on all this….ka kite ano,

Leane

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Coastal Marine Spatial Planning – whats this mean for the Kaipara Harbour?

The Kaipara Moana He Mahere Rautaki Whakakotahi Integrated Strategic Plan of Action 2011-2021 indicates the use of spatial planning across the Kaipara harbour and catchment.  Particulary in response to promote integrated management, collaborative planning, addressing ongoing degradation of ecological, social, cultural and economic values of the Kaipara.

Marine spatial planning (MSP) is a bit of a buzzword amongst planners and managers, but it really is an old concept.  It includes ocean zoning and dates back at least 30 years to the zoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP) & World Heritage Area.  It was recently re-zoned using a prioritisation approach and GIS technology with mathematical algorithms.  This was a move towards integrated ecosystem-based management to improve representative protection of all coral reef and non-coral reef ecosystems.  Multiple uses are allowed in the GBRMP that incorporates zones for marine protection and no-take, general fishing zones, no-trawling & dredging zones etc..

I see that the Auckland Vision Committee is meeting on Tuesday 7th Feb 2012, to hear the proposal to establish a Tikapa Moana Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan Governance Options (http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/meetings_agendas/committees/Pages/aucklandfuturevisioncommittee.aspx).

What this means for the Kaipara Harbour is touched on in the proposal.  All the right words, principles, benefits, challenges, partnerships and outcomes are indicated.  It should be commended to Auckland Council staff for ensuring a mana whenua theme came through the proposal in order to connect with Matauranga Maori and processes.  Again the test will be in outcomes.

Your thoughts on all this?

Thanks, Leane

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