2015 Round-table Discussions

(a) Background

Following the publication of Report 10: One Ocean: Principles for the stewardship of a healthy and productive ocean, the McGuinness Institute sought to further its work on New Zealand ocean management. The report was launched in Wellington on 26 March 2015. The ideas proposed at the report launch and discussion evening held in Auckland on 12 May 2015 set the direction for our work going forward. We have since held two round-table events to explore what a proposed Pacific and Southern oceans institute might look like. The key output resulting from the discussions is the Think Piece 22: Proposal for the Creation of an Oceans Institution. You can learn more about each event and the outputs below.

(b) 16 June 2015: ‘Pacific and Southern Oceans Institute’ round-table discussion

On Tuesday, 16 June 2015, the Institute hosted a round-table discussion to explore what a proposed Pacific and Southern oceans institute might look like. This round-table discussion looked specifically at the possibility of creating such an institute. As a result of this round-table discussion, we published the key observations from attendees in a document entitled Initial Notes From the One Ocean Round Table: Proposal for a Pacific and Southern Oceans Institute. These notes form the foundation of the Draft Discussion Paper 2015/01: Proposal for the Creation of an Oceans Institute released in August 2015.

(c) 15 October 2015: Discussion of feedback on Draft Discussion Paper 2015/01

In August 2015 the Institute released the Draft Discussion Paper 2015/01: Proposal for the Creation of an Oceans Institute. The paper shares ideas about (i) why such an institute is necessary, (ii) what its success would look like, (iii) how the institute would come into being and operate and (iv) obstacles to its establishment.

This discussion paper is a work in progress, and in September 2015 we invited feedback as we sought ways to give the paper a stronger impact. The 15 October 2015 round-table meeting discussed the feedback received on the Draft Discussion Paper 2015/01. The paper will undergo further review before final copies are sent to a wide range of interested parties such as politicians, iwi, philanthropists, leaders in the public service, industries and NGOs. The final version of the discussion paper was published as a think piece in November 2015.

(d) 6 November 2015: Think Piece 22: Proposal for the Creation of an Oceans Institution

On 6 November 2015 the Institute published Think Piece 22: Proposal for the Creation of an Oceans Institution. This paper 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.

This paper is the result from the above consultation process.

(e) Publications

Report 10: One Ocean: Principles for the stewardship of a healthy and productive ocean (March 2015)

Initial Notes From the One Ocean Round Table: Proposal for a Pacific and Southern Oceans Institute (July 2015)

Draft Discussion Paper 2015/01: Proposal for the Creation of an Oceans Institute (August 2015)

Think Piece 22: Proposal for the Creation of an Oceans Institution (November 2015)