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Short and to the point – a great submission

To Clerk of the Committee
Auckland Governance Legislative Select Committee
Select Committee Office
23 June 2009

Dear Sir re: Auckland Governance

I wish to affirm the special importance of Waiheke Island as Guardian of the Gulf.

I support the concept that Hauraki Gulf Islands be excluded from the Bill and that separate governance arrangements be made for them’

I believe the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act should be strengthened, and a Hauraki Gulf Reserve be formed. Within this structure , the Islands should be run by their residents.

I recommend the following :

a) Redefine “Auckland” in Clause 5 of the Bill to include the isthmus, but to exclude the Hauraki Gulf and its Islands.

b) Add a clause to the Bill to establish a separate authority for the Hauraki Gulf and its Islands, committed to seeking international recognition for its integrated approach to sustainability.

Yours faithfully
Mary Batten

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