A Kermadec/Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary: Issues and Insights Into Marine Protection Processes
33 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2019
Date Written: September 1, 2017
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
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