Surfbreak Protection Society
Surfbreak Protection Society

Surfbreak Protection Society

Surfbreak Protection Society is a Society dedicated to the conservation of the "treasures" of the New Zealand Surfing Community - our surfbreaks - through the preservation of their natural characteristics, water quality, marine eco systems and low impact access for all. We strive to be Aotearoa's Kaitiaki "Guardians - Trustees" of our surfbreaks and the natural environments that compliment them.
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Surfbreak legal protection and planning

New Zealand is recognised as the first country in the world to incorporate surfbreak preservation concepts within its legal and planning framework. The intention of this page is to discuss and link all available literature to do with surfbreaks in …

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  • Sep 15, 2014

    SPS’s 2014 Annual General meeting to be held at the New Plymouth Surf Riders Club Inc. Clubrooms at Fitzroy Seaside Park, Fitzroy Beach on the 8th of October between 6pm and 7:30

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  • Jun 23, 2014

    Surfbreak wishes to congratulate all the people and organisations that have opposed and protested Trans-Tasman Resources’ application for seabed mining, that was turned down by the Environmental Protection Agency last week. In particular Kiwis Against Seabed Mining has been a major player in keeping the issue of seabed mining a current one, mobilising communities and countering with strong legal arguments.

    This is a good example that, as a collective, standing up for what you believe in can have positive results!

    Info here: KASM in the news

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  • Mar 11, 2014

    The Hauraki Gulf, known by many as Tikapa Moana and by others as Te Moananui ā Toi, is rightly recognised as a national taonga. Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari is a partnership involving mana whenua, Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, the Department of Conservation, Ministry of Primary Industries and Hauraki Gulf Forum. The collaborative process of developing and drafting the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari plan is being managed by a Stakeholder Working Group, appointed to the role in December 2013. Sea Change are seeking your views on how you interact with the Gulf, your experiences with it, and what you want for the Gulf going forward

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  • Feb 19, 2014

    There is real concern from individuals and groups like the Coromandel Watchdog that the TCDC proposed District plan will weaken controls over mining , the term Coastal Zone has been replaced with the term coastal environment without imposing rules around mining in and around the coastal zone, leaving our coastal areas vulnerable to underground and surface mining.

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  • Jan 30, 2014

    New planning research outlines approaches to the sustainable management of surf breaks in New Zealand
    New Zealand was the first country in the world to adopt surf break protection within its resource management policy framework. This came as a result of a groundswell from the grass roots surfing community backed by an improved knowledge and understanding of surf break environments that had been developing internationally in the area of coastal science.

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  • Dec 11, 2013

    A win – win for Aramoana and Whareakeake surfbreaks
    A comprehensive monitoring plan has been agreed to by all parties with the assistance of Environment Court mediation in Dunedin last week. Port Otago Ltd and Otago Regional Council agreed in principle with SPS scientists and legal team that adverse effects on the surfbreaks at Aramoana and Whareakeake must be avoided with regard to deposition of dredge spoil.

    A baseline study regime for the first year with greatly reduced amounts, plus inclusion of SPS and South Coast Boardriders club observers on the monitoring committee are among the agreed terms of reference. A comprehensive camera system is already in place and it is expected the baseline study will identify possible trigger points for any adverse effects on the surfbreaks.

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