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One Ocean is a McGuinness Institute project that aims to explore New Zealand’s public policy landscape in order to contribute to a wider discussion on how we might best manage our oceans. We will continue to look at public policy solutions around ocean governance, as it is an important long-term issue for New Zealand.

Recent Publications


  • Submission on the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill (April 2016)
  • Submission on the consultation on next steps for freshwater (April 2016)
  • Submission on A new Marine Protected Areas Act (March 2016)

To view the submissions, see the McGuinness Institute’s publication page.

Think Piece 22: Proposal for the Creation of an Oceans Institution
On Friday, 6 November 2015 the Institute published Think Piece 22: Proposal for the Creation of an Oceans Institution. This think piece suggests that one key building block of robust ocean governance is missing: an oceans institution. This government institution would act as both a chronicler and a steward of ocean policy. It would become the central landing pad for all aspects of ocean policy. It is important to note that we do not envisage this new institution as a decision-making body or one that would undertake scientific research, nor as a lobbyist for special-interest groups. Instead it would focus on chronicling the narrative (sharing data, information and strategic knowledge about our oceans) and stewardship (collating and integrating information to inform all stakeholders and suggest effective and durable public policy making). This would create a space for collaboration and creativity, enabling policy to be developed with stakeholders over time and providing New Zealanders with durable public policy that delivers certainty and trust.

Report 10: One Ocean: Principles for the stewardship of a healthy and productive ocean
The Institute launched Report 10: One Ocean: Principles for the stewardship of a healthy and productive ocean on Thursday, 26 March 2015 in Wellington, and Tuesday, 12 May 2015 in Auckland. This report explores the seascape of New Zealand in the past, the present and the future. It identifies the need for change in the way New Zealand governs its ocean space and the upcoming opportunities and challenges for doing so. See the respective event pages for more information.