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Hawke's Bay regional study

This collaboration in Hawke's Bay is mapping environmental stressors, their interactions, and providing guidance for reducing their impacts.

Project Leader Duration Budget
Carolyn Lundquist (NIWA/University of Auckland) August 2019 – December 2021 $300,000


We are working with stakeholders and iwi partners in Hawke's Bay to take a holistic approach to local marine management. Our focus is on implementing ecosystem-based management (EBM) in a real-world example by combining science and mātauranga Māori with the tools and resources from our previous research.

Stage 1 of this project is now complete.

We worked closely with the HBMaC Group, stakeholders and iwi to develop a conceptual map of stressors and their impact. The systems map focused on 2 marine stressors: freshwater sedimentation and loss of benthic (seabed) structure. This map will help identify mechanisms and levers to inform critical levels of these stressors and their interactions. See the map, final report and webinar below

Next steps

In the final 18 months of the project, based on priorities identified by HBMaC in consultation with the project team, we will adapt EBM tools to identify and prioritise potential management or policy options, and/or fill gaps in both scientific and mātauranga knowledge identified by the conceptual map of the system.


Why Hawke's Bay?

Hawke’s Bay has a diverse coastal marine ecosystem with sandy beaches, inter-tidal reefs, dunes and estuaries. The region has large river systems, fisheries, productive lands and ocean outfalls which can add stress to the marine system and impact on people’s values for the coastal area.

What are marine stressors?

Marine stressors include contaminants or sediment from the land, climate change, habitat loss and fisheries activities. 

Who are HBMaC?

Hawke's Bay Marine and Coastal Group (HBMaC) is a multi-stakeholder group that includes recreational and commercial fishers, tangata whenua and government agencies, and is chaired by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council science staff.

Research Team

Anna Madarasz-Smith (HBRC), Justin Connolly (Deliberate), Ian Tuck (NIWA), Kelly May (NIWA)