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WWF-New Zealand is committed to supporting New Zealand develop an effective network of MPAs.
by WWF-NZ (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
It is our priority to support NZ to develop an effective network of MPAs that is representative of the full range of critical habitats, well connected and in-line with cultural values. Through this mechanism, we aim to support sustainable fisheries for our communities, enhance resilience to climate change and protect biodiversity.

We are working closely with Iwi (Maori communities), particularly Ngati Kurī, who are firm partners in achieving protection for the Kermadec/Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary (this would cover 15% of NZ’s EEZ) and other Pacific Island voices who share ambitions for marine protection.
We aim to work with Government to support them in making the right decisions. Our priority is to support and elevate the leadership of our indigenous communities (Iwi, hapū and whānau), in particular with the integration of knowledge systems (both Mātauranga Māori and science) in developing and implementing marine protected areas.

We are developing a collective of partners who support our goals, and will work together to advocate for and support the design of a network of MPAs in NZ. Our Iwi and Pacific partners our instrumental in this, as are the research community, industry representatives (particularly fisheries partners) and others working in conservation.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Other (please specify): Support for ridges to reefs approaches
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
Research and implement a framework for marine conservation that empowers our indigenous leaders and values traditional knowledge systems
Support the passage of the Kermadec/Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary (620,000km2), an area of pristine marine biodiversity.
Advocate for and support the development of an effective network of MPAs in NZ’s waters.
Build an Ocean Collective that will support our commitment to developing effective marine conservation in NZ
Staff / Technical expertise
Media and Comms Support
Staff / Technical expertise
Ocean Programme Manager
Staff / Technical expertise
Project Manager - Oceans
Basic information
Time-frame: 08/2018 - 06/2020
WWF-NZ (NGO), Ngati Kuri (Iwi/tribe), Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy (NGO), Pacific partners through “Taiatea, Gathering of the Oceans” (civil society and NGO and partnerships), Work closely with NZ Government and fishing industry partners in NZ.
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
New Zealand
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Lucy Jacob, Ocean Programme Manager, ljacob@niwa.co.nz, T :+64 (4) 499 2930| M:+027 2710107
Gland, 1115 Vullierens, Switzerland
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