The Akaroa Marine Reserve

April 14th, 2013 at 2:26 pm by David Farrar

has announced:

A new marine reserve in Harbour has been approved by Conservation Minister Nick Smith.

“Akaroa is an iconic harbour that is hugely popular for recreation and tourism but its marine life is degraded. I have approved this new reserve around the spectacular Dan Rogers Bluff because it will enhance the area, assist scientific study and benefit the public,” Dr Smith said.

The Akaroa Harbour Marine Protection Society Inc. made a formal application for the marine reserve in January 1996. The formal consultation had 2334 submissions in support and 709 objections, with the principal opponents being Ngāi Tahu and recreational fishers.

“I have carefully considered the passionate and strongly felt arguments put by both supporters and opponents of this reserve. I have not upheld the objections but have decided to adjust the northern boundary by 55ha, reducing the reserve to 475ha, to take account of concerns from customary and recreational fishers.

“It is my usual preference to secure some degree of consensus about the desirability of having new areas of marine protection, as was the case with my announcement last month of five new on the West Coast of the South Island. This has not been possible with the Akaroa proposal despite the best endeavours of six Ministers over nearly two decades. I concluded, with the support of both the applicant and principal objectors last month, that consensus in this case was not possible and that I needed to proceed to make a decision.

Incredible it has taken almost 20 years!

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13 Responses to “The Akaroa Marine Reserve”

  1. Scott Chris (6,177 comments) says:

    Incredible it has taken almost 20 years!

    Took ‘em 20 years to make sure there’s no oil there.

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  2. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    Excellent news. A sound decision by Nick Smith. Hopefully there’s still some decent blue cod out past the harbour mouth.

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  3. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (895 comments) says:

    Greens will be dancing in the streets tonight and claiming this as their victory for sure.

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  4. BlairM (2,365 comments) says:

    So he doesn’t want any fishing industry in Akaroa. Lovely. I can’t wait until we elect a National government and get rid of these Leftists. Oh, wait…

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  5. Redbaiter (9,662 comments) says:

    Useless Nick Smith. When will be free of this far left idiot?

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  6. nasska (11,827 comments) says:

    So Ngāi Tahu were opposed to the idea…..I wonder what it cost to change their minds.

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  7. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Yeah stuff marine reserves theyre over rated right red?

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  8. Manolo (14,086 comments) says:

    The devious Green Trojan horse in action.
    Shame on National for counting the incompetent Smith as a member.

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  9. nocommentkiwi (35 comments) says:

    I was surprised to see that Ngai Tahu had opposed the proposal, but upon further inspection it seems their position is not promoting commercial fisheries, but protection of customary rights:

    From http://www.option4.co.nz/Marine_Protection/akasngaitahu606.htm :

    Opposition to Akaroa Harbour (Dan Rogers) Marine Reserve Proposal

    Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu submits in opposition to the creation of the Akaroa Harbour (Dan Rogers) Marine Reserve Proposal. There are two key reasons for this opposition:

    (1)

    the old process of selecting sites for potential marine reserves is flawed, and as such undermines the new Marine Protected Areas Policy. The selection of the Dan Rogers site is opposed and is evidence of this flawed approach.
    (2)

    the creation of a marine reserve at the Dan Rogers site in the Akaroa Harbour would not constitute active protection of customary rights, as is required by section 4 of the Conservation Act 1987.

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  10. Johnboy (17,092 comments) says:

    Nice to see the Murri’s playing their part in protection of endangered Dolphins just like they did with the Moa and Huia. :)

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  11. Kea (13,359 comments) says:

    Johnboy, yeah the Dolphins need a refuge as they are so widely hunted in other locations around NZ.

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  12. Paulus (2,672 comments) says:

    Well done Nick – why didn’t this happen under nine disastrous Labour years.

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  13. unaha-closp (1,180 comments) says:

    Likely to be a marine reserve in name only.

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