The first wave of momentum for the Marine Project came from a Waiheke Collective meeting in April 2019 when it was suggested that the Waiheke Collective make a commitment to collaborate around the Marine Environment.  It was asked who thought that was a good idea – of the 30 people in the room – every hand was raised, a unifying gesture of protecting and regenerating what connects us all, Tikapa Moana (the Hauraki Gulf.)

Through a purpose to practice facilitation process, the Marine Project agreed upon a shared purpose of doing better for the marine environment, through a practice of:

  • Harmonising with other efforts.

  • Providing hope.

  • Acting transparently.

  • Facilitating education; and 

  • Building a toolbox for marine protection and regeneration.

The Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust is acting as the umbrella funder for the project, and is an active participant in the group. 

We would like to acknowledge the following organisations for their generous financial support of the Waiheke Marine Project, as without them it wouldn’t be possible;

For more information on the Waiheke Marine project, and to get involved, please visit

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