Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Gets Birthday Present

 

Great conservation news. Auckland’s treasure, the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is getting bigger.

It’s 10 years old this weekend and the government has announced that new parks and private land are to be added.

The new additions feature over 300 parcels of land in Waitakere City Council coastal parks and reserves bordering the Waitemata Harbour, from Whenuapai in the north to Kelston in the south east.

Forest and Bird have also signalled they wish to have three of their reserves on Waiheke Island vested into the park.

The marine park consists of 1.2 million hectares including marine reserves and more than 50 islands within the Gulf, the most well known of these being Tiritiri Matangi, Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands, Great Barrier Island, and Kawau Island.

Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society’s additions include the society’s Onetangi Reserve on Waiheke Island, which contains the best stands of kauri forest remaining in the inner gulf, and is accessible to the public by a boardwalk. Another reserve at Matiatia is sited near the ferry terminal.

The Waitakere City Council’s land includes 55 reserves totalling 200 hectares, with high conservation and recreational value bordering the Waitemata Harbour.

This is good news and I’m looking forward to Fullers running special anniversary discovery cruises to and around gulf islands next month.

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