2014 Ocean Management Discussion

On 27 May 2014 the Institute held a structured discussion evening to explore the future of ocean management in New Zealand. Over 60 attendees with a broad range of expertise heard our three speakers share their ideas and aspirations for New Zealand’s marine environment. Our three speakers were: Bronwen Golder, Director of the Global Ocean legacy from the Pew Charitable Trusts; Ann McCrone, Marine Advocate at the World Wildlife Fund New Zealand and James Palmer, Deputy Secretary, Sector Strategy from the Ministry for the Environment. Each speaker gave a 10-minute presentation, which was followed by a wide-ranging general discussion with participants from the audience.

(a) Invitation to this event


(b) PowerPoint presentation

The PowerPoint is available to download here.

(d) Methodology and Outputs

After each speakers ten-minute presentations, we presented a straw-man goal followed by two questions to the audience. The straw-man goal was ‘a management framework that is collaborative, integrated and durable, based on a collective commitment to a healthy and productive ocean’. These questions had been developed in discussion with the three speakers the night before, the raw responses from participants can be accessed by clicking the links:

Question 1: What aspects of the current framework are working (a) effectively or (b) ineffectively towards this goal?

Question 2: What (a) research, (b) processes, (c) instruments or (d) institutions might best inspire and inform progress towards this goal?

These questions initiated an interactive feedback phase where guests jotted down their comments on colour coded post-it notes which were then collected up and displayed on the entranceway wall. As people moved through from the Willis Bond boardroom to the Institute’s offices for pizza and refreshments they were invited to add red stickers to the comments they felt were most important. The raw responses from participants can be accessed by clicking the links above.

(d) Videos

Below are videos of the speakers sharing their observations at the discussion – Bronwen Golder, Ann McCrone and James Palmer. These videos are also available on our YouTube channel.