Marine Protected Areas

New Zealand's oceans and marine wildlife need your help. New Zealand's current Marine Reserves Bill is more than 40 years old, and desperately out of date.

After promising an update for nearly 15 years, the Government has finally released a discussion draft – which does not include 96% of NZ oceans. That's right. The entire Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is specifically left out of the draft legislation.

Some extraordinary habitats and animals exist only in these deep seas and need certainty of protection. The only certainty offered in this document is to the oil, gas and mineral industries.

This may be the one chance in our lifetimes to create legislation that allows meaningful protection of our oceans. Let's make sure the Government gets it right.