A Kermadec/Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary: Issues and Insights Into Marine Protection Processes

33 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2019

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Kate Allan

Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law, Student/Alumni

Date Written: September 1, 2017

Abstract

The Kermadec Islands are one of the world’s most unique and untouched marine environments. Given the increasingly recognised need for marine protection, and evidence of the effectiveness of large, fully protected marine reserves in achieving this, the Kermadecs are the subject of a controversial proposal for a no-take marine sanctuary. This paper explores the various attitudes towards the Sanctuary and the issues that have impeded the Bill’s passage thus far, particularly relating to impacts on Māori Treaty interests. It analyses whether proposed reform to resolve inadequacies in current marine protection processes, would have resolved or avoided the issues surrounding the Kermadec proposal, and therefore could provide an improved approach to the establishment of future marine protection measures in New Zealand’s unique cultural and legal environment.

Keywords: Kermadec, Marine Protection, MPA Rights Process

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Allan, Kate, A Kermadec/Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary: Issues and Insights Into Marine Protection Processes (September 1, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3414666 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3414666

Kate Allan (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law, Student/Alumni ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, Victoria 6140
New Zealand

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