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Event date:
Event location:

Piritahi Marae, 53 Tahatai Road, Waiheke Island
New Zealand

Event type:
Public talk
Conservation area:
North Island
Bay of Plenty

This summer, we’re kicking off a campaign to show some love for the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana / Te Moananui o Toi.

Join us at Piritahi Marae on Waiheke Island on Saturday 10 December for an incredible day in the Hauraki Gulf.

We will be celebrating the big blue backyard on Auckland’s doorstep, and showcasing the range of efforts underway to restore its mauri.

What: Arohatia Tīkapa Moana | Love the Gulf launch event
Where: Piritahi Marae, 53 Tahatai Road, Waiheke Island
When: 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10 December 2022

We'll have invited speakers, stalls, food, live music, and activities for tamariki at this family-friendly hui. Make sure you bring some cash to show your support with exclusive Arohatia Tīkapa Moana | Love the Gulf merch available for purchase on the day.

Programme now available - download below


Getting to Waiheke Island

Catch the ferry – check the Fullers website for timetable and fares.

If you're leaving from downtown Auckland, we recommend catching the 8am ferry to arrive in time for the pōwhiri.

On the island (you need to make your own way to the marae)
  • Catch a public bus – the 502 bus from the Matiatia ferry terminal goes to stop 1161 on Tūī Street. The marae is a short, flat walk from the bus stop. You will need an AT Hop card to catch the bus (purchase at the ferry terminal).
  • Catch a taxi – five minutes from the ferry terminal to the marae.
  • Walk – thirty minutes from the ferry terminal to the marae.

Free return bus to ferry provided
A free return bus to the Matiatia ferry terminal is departing Piritahi Marae at 4pm.

Here's why the Gulf needs your love and attention...

The Hauraki Gulf is in crisis. Overfishing, sedimentation run-off, and climate change are all contributing to the declining state of this precious ocean ecosystem. This summer’s predicted marine heatwave will further threaten the Gulf’s world-renowned biodiversity.

The need for action is urgent, and that’s why we’re launching Arohatia Tīkapa Moana | Love the Gulf. Working with mana whenua and other conservation partners, we are calling for 30% marine protection, a plan of action to reduce sedimentation entering the marine environment, and an end to bottom trawling.

Read more about the Arohatia Tīkapa Moana | Love the Gulf campaign

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