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Tauranga Harbour Symposium 2013

Tauranga Moana - Te Papa

Our Harbour - Our Place

On Thursday 7 March 2013, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, together with University of Waikato and Priority One, hosted the this symposium to share the latest information and ideas on protecting and managing the Harbour. 

At the symposium people learned and heard about:

  • the latest research on the harbour and catchment
  • community work to improve our harbour and catchment
  • agency projects to improve and restore the harbour and its catchment

The programme and presentations


  • Whakatau - Kaumatua, Tauranga Moana
  • Opening and Welcome - John Cronin, Chairman, Bay of Plenty Regional Council
  • Introduction to the Themes of the Symposium - Bruce Gardner, Tauranga Harbour Programme Coordinator, Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Introduction - Prof. Chris Battershill, University of Waikato, Chair of Coastal Science

Our knowledge of the harbour - session chair - Rob Donald, Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Increasing Community Understanding and Action - session chair - Robyn Skelton, Bay of Plenty Regional Council

What are the councils doing? session chair - Andrew Coker, Priority One

Panel discussion facilitated by Tommy Kapai Wilson, Ngāti Ranginui and Pirirakau

  • Dr Riri Ellis, Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective / Ngaiterangi Iwi
  • Prof Chris Battershill, University of Waikato
  • Rob McGowan, Chair - Kaimai Catchments Forum
  • Warwick Murray, Bay of Plenty Regional Council


  • Official Closing - Mayor Stuart Crosby, Tauranga City
  • Whakamoemiti, Kaumatua  

After the event